JLC, Board and CST Meet With Minister For Security And Immigration James Brokenshire MP and Mike Freer MP

The Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust (CST) met with Minister of State for Security and Immigration James Brokenshire MP and Mike Freer MP at the Houses of Parliament to discuss a number of points of concern for the Jewish community.

Matters raised included the threat posed by extremism, particularly by those returning from conflict zones in the Middle East such as Syria and Iraq.

As well as addressing threats to the security of Jewish institutions and individuals, some broader issues of extremism were discussed, particularly the issue of online radicalisation and social media, with the Minister explaining how Britain was working with international partners to tackle the issue of extremism online.

Mr Brokenshire said that:

Nothing can justify threats or violence against anyone because of their faith.  We need to be confronting all forms of extremism and be much less tolerant of intolerance.

The Government has been clear about the need to close any gaps in our response to the terrorist threat and a new counter-terrorism bill will be introduced before the end of November. The Home Office will also be leading further work across government to confront extremism in all its forms.