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Theresa May vows to protect UK's Jewish people from attack

By Richard Wheeler

Theresa May has insisted efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism in the UK must be redoubled, amid safety fears among the Jewish community.

The Home Secretary said she never thought she would see the day when Jews living in Britain would say they were fearful of remaining in the country.

Speaking at an event to commemorate the Jewish people who died during the terror attacks in France, Mrs May said: "The dreadful events in Paris are a reminder of the serious threat that we face.

"The attack on a Jewish supermarket, where four people were killed, is a chilling reminder of anti-Semitism, not just in France but the recent anti-Semitic prejudice that we sadly have seen in this country.

"I know that many Jewish people in this country are feeling fearful and you're saying that you're anxious for your families, for your children and yourselves.

"I never thought I would see the day when members of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom would say they were fearful of remaining here.

"And that means we must all redouble our efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism here in the United Kingdom."

She told the event in London: "In Europe, of course, we have seen large numbers of Jewish people emigrate and others are questioning their future.

"Without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain, just as without its Muslims, Britain would not be Britain - without its Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and people of other faiths, Britain would not be Britain."

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