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Governments worldwide are increasingly facing a fundamental question: how to deal with the causes of violent – often religiously motivated – extremism.Lasting change, however, requires addressing not just the consequences of extremism but also its root causes.First, governments must start thinking about education as a security issue. Unfortunately, there are few sources of good advice to help young people navigate these dangers.In countries afflicted by religious conflict, such as Nigeria, this means helping religious leaders to develop strong intercommunity relationships. When people of different religions work for the good of the wider community, they come to understand one another in a way that helps them resist the call of extremists. Last June's arson attack on the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association's center in the Muswell Hill district (after the murder of British Army fusilier Lee Rigby by religious extremists) served only to unite its different communities.Meanwhile, Finchley Reform Synagogue hosted a Ramadan festival, and Finchley United Synagogue hosted an Eid event. These activities sent a powerful signal to extremists that their attempts to turn religious communities against each other had the opposite effect.
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