Paris attacks: ‘We will stand together as one’ – Redbridge community leaders

People pay respect to the victims in front of the Carillon Restaurant in Paris where terrorists atta

People pay respect to the victims in front of the Carillon Restaurant in Paris where terrorists attacked on Friday. Picture: Frank Augstein/PA Wire - Credit: AP

Faith leaders have called on the borough’s communities to stand together against terrorism following attacks in Paris on Friday.

Cllr Jas Athwal

Cllr Jas Athwal - Credit: Archant

Rabbi David Hulbert, of Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park, called the attacks “earth shattering”.

“We have to take proper security measures here and all of us need to remain united,” he said.

Head imam at South Woodford Mosque, Mulberry Way, South Woodford, Mohammed Fahim said the attacks were carried out by “criminals who hijacked Islam”.

“Their practices completely contradict all Islamic values. They are not Muslims,” he said.

Rabbi David Hulbert

Rabbi David Hulbert - Credit: Archant

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “What we all have to do is stand united as a community.

“Our hearts should be with the victims and their families. This is a very diverse borough and a very friendly one too and we must stand shoulder to shoulder to make sure no community is singled out.”

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Borough commander Det Ch Supt Sue Williams said “reassurance patrols” had gone out after the attacks.

“The Safer Neighbourhoods Teams were out engaging communities and certainly the more vulnerable communities – at mosques, temples and synagogues,” she added.

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