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Mayor of London sought counter-terrorism advice from Israel

Home Secretary Amber Rudd (L), Mayor of London Sadiq Khanc (C) and Labour party MP Diana Abbott (R) speak at a vigil at City Hall to honour victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack in London, England on 5 June, 2017 [Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency]
Home Secretary Amber Rudd (L), Mayor of London Sadiq Khanc (C) and Labour party MP Diana Abbott (R) speak at a vigil at City Hall to honour victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack in London, England on 5 June, 2017 [Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency]

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has sought advice from Israel about how to combat the kind of urban terrorism seen recently in the Manchester and London Bridge attacks.

After addressing more than 1,000 guests at Jewish Care’s annual dinner, Khan revealed that officials from his office and Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of national counter-terrorism policing, have been in touch with officers in Israel.

“My office has been in contact not only with Tel Aviv but other places as well,” he told Jewish News. The mayor pointed out that he and his colleagues had learned “lots of things, things like putting in place the barriers we have done in London. There are other things and we are using the advice we receive.”

He said that British police officers visit Israel and are in regular touch with their contacts there. “Just like the terrorists evolve, we have to find new ways to protect ourselves,” he added.

Khan highlights a growing trend around the globe where Israel’s counter-terrorism expertise is in high demand. What has been called Israel’s “Matrix of Control” is in demand by governments and police forces around the world, earning the occupation state huge amounts of money. “Labels such as ‘Combat proven’, ‘Tested in Gaza’ and ‘Approved by the Israel Defence Forces’ on Israeli or foreign products greatly improves their marketability,” wrote Jeff Halper in 2015.

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Khan also spoke about hate crimes, which have increased over the past two years. Data collected after the London Bridge terror attack showed the highest daily level of Islamophobic incidents so far this year. In fact, the figures are higher than recorded levels following the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May 2013.

“This is absolutely a very big concern for me,” insisted Khan. “One thing I have said is that Londoners must report all and every attack in which they are involved. And not only that, if they witness any hate crime, if you see it, you must report it.”

MEMO contacted the mayor’s office for a comment on relations between senior Metropolitan Police officers and the Israeli security services however neither could provide comment at this time.

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  • Fasdunkle

    makes a lot of sense.

  • Sadly, Sadiq has failed to sufficiently counter youth radicalization in his own community…though I suppose it is a very difficult task for anyone in this present day and age.

  • Schwartzy

    Muslim hate attacks against, well, everybody have also increased. Alarmingly, in case you haven’t noticed. Something wrong with the way Islam is preached. Praise Jesus!

    • Helen4Yemen

      All World and Middle East conflicts and terrorism
      happened after 1948, i.e. after the arrival of
      European Jews to Arab Palestine to colonize it.
      There were:

      — no radical Islam

      — no ISIS

      — no Al Qaeda

      — no Taliban

      — no El Shabab

      — no Hezbullah

      — no Hamas

      DECOLONIZE PALESTINE FOR THE SAKE OF WORLD PEACE

      • Schwartzy

        your comment is almost too ignorant to respond to. So, the Jews are the cause of radical Islam? LOL. And colonialism? But not the fault of Muslims? Radical Islam will only cease when Muslims accept it is their problem and they decide to do something about it. Quit blaming others.

        • Helen4Yemen

          As soon as you tell me what the snow-white European known as the Ashkenazi
          is doing on Arab land.