1965: Jews in London Organize Souads to Guard Synagogues Against Arson

| July 21, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS AN NEWS ARTICLE FROM 1965.  WE WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU TO SHOW YOU THAT SECURITY ISSUES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND.

Self-defense squads were formed by young Jews in various parts of London today, to guard synagogues against bombings, arson and vandalism of the type that occurred here three times in the last week and at least 20 times since last November.

Rabbis in most of the synagogues appealed yesterday to worshipers to participate in the defense squads. One squad leader declared today: “We are not taking the law into our own hands. But we are ready to pounce on any of these hooligans and to hold them until the police arrive.”

Within the last week, fire broke out at a synagogue in Stanmore, a London suburb, after two incendiary bombs had been placed on the premises. A few days earlier, a similar incident took place at a synagogue in another section of the city.

In Golders Green, a section heavily populated by Jews, a number of Jews engaged in a fight with men who had gathered in the vicinity at midnight in an apparent effort to carry out an action against another synagogue. In this case, the Jewish defenders were ready, after anonymous telephone caller had tipped off the synagogue’s caretaker. The unidentified, would-be molesters were chased from the area before police could arrive.


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