Search

Jewish and Muslim leaders focus on keeping Redbridge peaceful in wake of Gaza conflict

11:35 20 August 2014

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin

Archant

Jewish and Muslim faith leaders have said they are working hard to keep the peace in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

L-R John Clifton and Mohammed Asif in front of the new Salvation Army cookerL-R John Clifton and Mohammed Asif in front of the new Salvation Army cooker

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, executive director of the Chabad Lubavitch centre in Gants Hill, and Mohammed Asif, chairman of the Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organisations, said both Jewish and Islamic communities were focused on calming tensions.

Their comments come in the wake of a sharp rise in anti-semitic incidents in London.

Met Police figures show there have been 110 anti-semitic offences reported across the city since April, including nine in Redbridge, compared with 47 city-wide and five in the borough for the same period last year.

Mr Sufrin said he was aware of “a few” incidents in the Redbridge area in recent weeks.

“Whenever there are issues in the Middle East it spills over in to the community,” he said.

“We are very fortunate in Redbridge. We seem to be a very peaceful community.

“It has been generally quiet although people have great concerns, they are frightened.”

xhead

Anti-semitism watchdog the Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 240 anti-semitic incidents across the UK in July compared with 304 for the previous six months.

“We work very hard with community leaders to keep respectful of each other,” added Mr Sufrin.

“There is more that unites us than divides us.”

Mr Asif said members of both the Muslim and Jewish communities in Redbridge were well-informed about the complex situation in Gaza.

“There has been nothing in Redbridge other than support for people that have been injured – there’s been no other rhetoric, “ he said.

But he warned tensions could arise in the next few weeks when pictures showing the aftermath of the conflict are broadcast on television.

“It’s not just going to peter away – the images of the rubble, no infrastructure, that’s going to be quite tough,” he added.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:01
The Queen pub in Wanstead

A plan to convert a former pub into flats has been given a mixed reception by residents.

Yesterday, 13:29
Snaresbrook Crown Court (Picture: John Stillwell/PA)

A Lithuanian builder who repeatedly slammed his pregnant girlfriend’s head into a brick wall when she refused to have sex with him has been jailed for nine years.

Yesterday, 12:00
The message on the outside of the retail unit at 114-116 Snakes Lane East Photo credit: TellMamaUK

A plan to build a Muslim community centre with prayer facilities has split opinion among residents.

Yesterday, 12:00
Vet nurse Nicola Young treats a homeless dog into the hydrotherapy pool at Animal Ark

A poorly puppy wants nothing more than a new home for Christmas.

Most read news

From Nigel Farage to George Galloway, it’s been a year of people trying to make a change in politics.

If you’ve taken time off to escape from your boss, you’re not alone.

The judge reckons the PC did not have enough wit to invent the story.

There’s been a rise in the number of fresh shop-bought chickens contaminated with the bug since August.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition