Once again we join others across the religious and political spectrum in expressing our revulsion and outrage at the horrific terrorist attacks on the Manchester Arena and London Bridge. Our thoughts are of course with the victims, their families and friends, and all those affected by these atrocities, and at the same time we commend all those who have joined hands in support, to show that our society has the strength to withstand such attacks and affirm its values of tolerance and diversity.
Like the earlier attack at the foot of Big Ben, an icon of democratic values, these assaults were deliberately targeted at the general public, and even more shockingly at children and young people. It is inevitable that security at public places and events will now be tightened, but the aim of terrorism is to stop ordinary people going about their ordinary business, so the best way to defeat them is for normal life to carry on.
We again echo the advice of the Chief Constable and the CST that the community should remain alert but not alarmed. We note that there remains no current intelligence to suggest that the Jewish Community is at any greater risk today than it has been, and we urge the community to take sensible precautions, and to report anything suspicious to the police, and also to either SCoJeC or the CST.
By their choice of targets, the terrorists have demonstrated their complete disregard for human life. The way communities in Manchester, London, and elsewhere have come together to express their abhorrence of these crimes and their support for a diverse but cohesive society is heartening, and we once again reiterate our solidarity with other minority communities, especially those who may unfortunately suffer a backlash from this incident, and reaffirm that no community should be defined by its extremists. SCoJeC will continue to work with other communities, the Scottish Government, and Police Scotland, to ensure that Scotland remains a safe and welcoming place for all of us who together weave the tartan of Scottish society.