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ISLAMIC STATE Plot to Kill Jews in England Foiled

ISLAMIC STATE Plot to Kill Jews in England Foiled

Two men accused of plotting to gun down Jews in an Islamic State-inspired attack were held without bail Tuesday after appearing in a London court. Walid Saadaoui, 36, and Amar Hussein, 50, planned to use automatic weapons to kill Jews, police, and military personnel. The charges cover activities from Dec. 13 until last Thursday.

The arrests come amid a surge in antisemitic incidents in the U.K., which hit record highs last year. This spike followed Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel and Israel’s subsequent military actions in Gaza. Community Security Trust reported these troubling trends as part of their advocacy against antisemitism.

Amanda Bomsztyk, northern regional director of the trust, emphasized the need for extensive security measures for the Jewish community due to such threats. “This is one of a number of recent and ongoing cases that demonstrate why the Jewish community needs such extensive security measures,” she said.

A third man, Bilel Saadaoui, 35, was also charged with making arrangements for his brother Walid Saadaoui’s expected death during the plot’s execution. The case underscores ongoing security concerns for Jewish communities worldwide amid rising extremist threats.

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