After London attack, UK's May says terrorists bound by single 'evil ideology'

After attack that killed 7 in London, British PM says the extremist Islamic ideology is one of the greatest challenges the world currently faces.

By
June 4, 2017 12:58
1 minute read.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS/KEVIN COOMBS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Britain once again fell victim to a brutal terrorist attack, "the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months," British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a speech at Downing Street on Sunday morning, following the attack that took the lives of seven people in London overnight.

May said that "terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack," claiming that they are "bound together by the single evil ideology" of radical Islam. May added that the extremist ideology "is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The British PM said that the attackers are copying one another and that the nation cannot pretend that the way things are can continue. "Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time."

She stated that the Internet provides a platform to spread hate and that a global effort must be made to crack down on the dissemination of this hatred. She also said that there is too much tolerance for extremism in Britain. 

May commended the courage of the police for their quick response to the attack as well as to the greater public who demonstrated courage by defended not only themselves but others.

British security agencies have managed to disrupt five attacks since the Westminster attack that killed five people in March, however Britain's counter terrorism strategies must be reviewed, and if needed restructured to deal with the growing threat, May said.

Despite noting that both of the UK's major political parties have temporarily ceased campaigning ahead of elections set for Thursday, May asserted that "violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the General Election will go ahead as planned on Thursday."

Cell phone videos show people running for safety after London attack (credit: REUTERS)

She stated that British society cannot be segregated but must function as "one truly united kingdom," and that pluralistic values that Britain holds are superior to the preachers of hate.

"We must come together," May said. "United we will take on and defeat our enemies."

Related Content

Victim and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman appears at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar
July 21, 2018
Aly Raisman speaks at ESPY awards on behalf of 140 abuse victims

By JTA