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MetiNews.Com - According to reports, Essex Police are treating the attack as an 'anti-Semitic hate crime'
Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for East LondonInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeA rabbi at an East London synagogue has been 'hospitalised' after an 'unprovoked and cowardly attack', according to initial reports. Rabbi Rafi Goodwin, assistant rabbi at Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue, is understood to have been hit multiple times on the head in the attack on the morning of Sunday, May 16. Reports suggest it happened near the Limes Farm Estate, where the synagogue is situated. Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal condemned the "unprovoked and cowardly attack". In a statement he said: "Essex Police have confirmed they are treating today's attack on Rabbi Rafi as an anti-Semitic hate crime, however the police are not linking the motives of this crime to heightened tensions in the Middle East and the current hostilities in Israel and Palestine." My London have contacted Essex Police for more information on the incident. Sign up to MyLondon's FREE East London newsletter Here at MyLondon, we're doing our very best to make sure you get the latest news, reviews and features from your area. Now there's a way you can keep up to date with the areas that matter to you with our free email newsletter. The East London newsletter goes out twice day - at 7am and 4pm - and sends you the latest stories straight to your inbox.
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Although the synagogue itself is in Essex, many of its congregation travel from Hainault in the London Borough of Redbridge. Jas Athwal also said: "I am deeply disturbed and saddened to hear of the attack on Rabbi Rafi. Faith leaders and local residents have joined with me to send our best wishes to Rabbi Rafi for a speedy recovery. "I am in regular contact with senior police officers to ensure the safety of local people. "As a precautionary measure, police patrols are being increased around synagogues across the borough. "Redbridge Council has offered all the support we can to the police to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of worshippers going forward. "We are proud of our rich diversity and active faith communities in Redbridge have a long track record of supporting each other."
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