The Leader of Barnet Council and the Leader of the Opposition have joined forces with our partners to say we must stand together and stop hate spilling over into our borough following the escalation in violence in the Middle East.
Leader of Barnet Council and the Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings, and Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative Group, Cllr Dan Thomas, said:
“Our thoughts are with everyone caught up in the conflict in the Middle East and, in particular, those who are awaiting information on the safety of loved ones and those in our twin town of Ramat Gan.
“It’s been shocking to see the sheer numbers of innocent people who have been killed and injured over the last few days.
“Barnet’s strength has always been in its diversity and many of our residents will be affected by the violence in some way. But we must not let the hate spill over into our borough.
“We are working with our partners and our faith leaders to look at what we can do to support our communities locally and with the police to ensure our residents feel safe and protected.
“Anyone who experiences or witnesses a hate crime should report it to the Police or to one of the 11 independent hate crime reporting centres in our borough.”
President of Barnet Multi Faith Forum, Esmond Rosen said:
“BMFF join in condemning in the strongest terms the outrages perpetrated against innocent women, children and men in the State of Israel.
“The loss of life and hostage taking is devastating, and it is impossible to comprehend the pain of grieving families.
“We pray for compassion. We must stand together to call for all hostilities to stop, and support a dialogue for peace and a just solution to deep rooted issues.
“We must be vigilant. This outrage and terrorist actions must not spread division across our borough.
“Through BMFF and our partners we will continue to explore and acknowledge our differences, working towards community harmony with respect and dignity.”
Caroline Collier, a strategic lead within the Barnet Together Alliance, said:
“We are deeply saddened by the events in Israel and Palestine, and hope that a way will be found soon to deescalate this situation.
“Our thoughts are with the people affected, and the Barnet residents who will be concerned for loved ones in the area.”
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How to report a hate crime
In an emergency always call 999.
If your call is not urgent, call 101.
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If, for any reason, you do not want to contact the police, you can contact:
- any of the independent hate crime reporting centres run by voluntary organisations in Barnet
- TrueVision, a national website covering hate crime issues and providing advice
- CST, an independent organisation to report anti-semitism
- Tell MAMA, an independent support service for those who face anti-Muslim hatred.