A group of at least 20 youths gathered outside a synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London on Saturday evening, shouting anti-Semitic slogans and threatening "we will kill you," before breaking the windows and doors to gain entry and confront those inside.
According to reports, one person was injured in the attack, and police have made eight arrests in connection with their investigation.
PHOTO — LONDON: 1 injured after at least 20 youths attack and vandalize synagogue, 8 suspects arrested by police. pic.twitter.com/31wUF0u4Qa— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) March 22, 2015
Saturday's attack comes amid rising fears of anti-Semitic violence in the area; religious leaders from Stamford Hill's Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities met last week to express their opposition to a march planned for the weekend by a far-right nationalist group through Stamford Hill, which is home to over 20,000 Hasidic Jews, one of the largest communities in Europe.
The march, called 'Liberate Stamford Hill' was due to take place on March 22, and a Facebook page was set up to advertise the event listed more than 50 attendees before being taken down. The demonstration was postponed after organizer Joshua Bonehill was arrested by police last month for sending anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.
Bonehill also advertised the march with an internet posting entitled "An Urgent Appeal: The Jewification of Great Britain" with the complaint that "If the sheer number of Non-White immigrants was not bad enough, the Jewish occupiers of Stamford Hill have now established their own Police Force to which is known to them as the 'Shomrim Police,'" and which has the support of the Metropolitan Police and the local MP.