London: British Jews woke up to sickening anti-Semitic graffiti on shops and synagogue
Police are investigating a “racially motivated hate crime” against Jews, after sickening antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on a synagogue wall and shop windows in north London.
Several stores in the Belsize Park and Hampstead area were targeted, as well as a former cafe and a phone box.
The graffiti, depicting a red Star of David and a reference to the 9/11 terror attacks, appeared at around 11.30pm on Saturday night.
The reference to 9/11 is believed to relate to a blood libel conspiracy theory which suggests Israel was involved in the terror attacks in 2001.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that it was “investigating a racially motivated hate crime in the Hampstead area”.
“Officers received a report of anti-Semitic graffiti in a number of locations including Belsize Park and shop fronts at around 11.30pms on Saturday, 28 December,” a spokesperson for the force said.
No arrests have been made so far.
The comedian David Baddiel tweeted: “How depressingly similar to what my grandparents would’ve seen in their neighbourhood, the one they had to flee from in 1939.”
The defacement coincided with a machete attack during a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York.