Vigil against antisemitism tonight, 30th December at 5.30pm in north London

A series of antisemitic graffiti appeared on shops and a synagogue in north London in the Hampstead and Belsize Park areas yesterday, 29th December.

Reports in the Morning Star and the Guardian are reposted below, as well as some photos of the graffiti.

In response, Stand Up To Racism, together with three other organisations has called a vigil  this evening at 5.30pm outside Snappy Snaps, 80 Rosslyn Hill, NW3 1ND.

Jewish Voice for Labour joins all those who have condemned these senseless and deeply disturbing manifestations of race hatred and calls on all who can make it at short notice to join the vigil.

Details of the vigil at https://www.facebook.com/events/613126946127782/

Details of the vigil here

 

 


Campaigners urge unity against racism after anti-semitic graffiti

Ceren Sagir, Morning Star, 29th December 2019

ANTI-RACISM campaigners called for unity to defeat racism today after a synagogue and several north London shop fronts were defaced with anti-semitic graffiti.

The Hampstead and Belsize Park area woke up to the Star of David alongside the numbers “9 11” spray-painted in red and purple on several premises during the religious festival of Hanukkah, including South Hampstead Synagogue.

The graffiti refers to an anti-semitic conspiracy theory that Jewish people were behind the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Police said they are investigating the racially motivated hate crime after receiving reports of the vandalism late Saturday night.

No arrests have been made at the time of writing, but the Metropolitan Police has called for anyone with information to call 101.

The graffiti was seen being removed by council workers from shop windows yesterday afternoon.

David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialists’ Group condemned the graffiti and said: “Every racist, fascist, and conspiracy theorist will have felt emboldened by the re-election of Boris Johnson’s hard right Tory government.

“That government will be judged not only on its response to this incident but to how it responds to recent applications by racists and fascists to join the Tories, and what further action they take against Tory election candidates suspended over anti-semitism.

“This year has witnessed sickening attacks on other minorities too. Our strongest defence in 2020 will be through minority communities and all anti-racists giving practical support and solidarity to each other.”

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) co-convenor Weyman Bennett called for unity and for people to reject racism in communities.

He told the Star: “We condemn any form of anti-semitism, racism and Islamophobia and reject any attempts to sow division between people.

“[SUTR] argues that we need to maximise unity against the growth of the far right and racism from the government. We understand that unless we have unity to defeat racism, it can only end in tragedy.”

Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Tulip Siddiq said: “Unbelievable, senseless, disgusting anti-semitism at the heart of our community. We must all stay vigilant in order to continue the fight against this hatred.”

Following the news, campaign group Jewdas warned on Twitter that British Movement, a nazi splinter from the National Front, have been covering the area with “nasty fascist stickers” for the past 18 months.

The incident comes after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home in New York during a Hanukkah celebration on Saturday night.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent “love and solidarity” to Jewish communities around the world.

He tweeted: “How terrible that Chanukah started with a message of hope and on this last day we face anti-semitic graffiti in London and horrific stabbings at a party in New York. We stand with all our communities facing hate.

“We send love and solidarity to Jewish communities around the world.”


London synagogue and shops targeted with antisemitic graffiti

Reference to conspiracy theory spray-painted on premises in Hampstead and Belsize Park

Antisemitic graffiti sprayed across a synagogue and shops in north London during the Jewish festival of Hanukah has been condemned as “disgusting” and “senseless”.

The Jewish holy symbol and the numbers 911 were spray-painted in red and purple on premises in the Hampstead and Belsize Park area, including South Hampstead Synagogue. The numbers may refer to an antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews were responsible for the 9/11 terror attack; others fear it is a reference to Kristallnacht, the violent pogrom against Jews on 9 November 1938 in Nazi Germany.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspected racially motivated hate crime. The defacement coincided with a knife attack in New York at a rabbi’s home, which injured five people.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who faced criticism during the election campaign over his party’s record in confronting antisemitism, tweeted: “How terrible that Chanukah started with a message of hope and on this last day we face antisemitic graffiti in London and horrific stabbings at a party in New York. We stand with all our communities facing hate. We send love and solidarity to Jewish communities around the world.”

In a statement released on Sunday evening, South Hampstead Synagogue confirmed it had been the subject of an antisemitic attack.

“As a community, we regret the rise of hate speech in society,” it said. “Social media is polluted with xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism and antisemitism. Sadly, these things are connected.

“This is a time for people of all backgrounds – of all faiths and of none – to stand united and show our determination that we do not tolerate prejudice, hate and division – on our streets or online.”

Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor for Hampstead, said he had spent Sunday morning patrolling the neighbourhood after “appalled” residents alerted the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that works to protect the Jewish community.

“My first reaction was shock and horror,” Cooper said. “I’ve had to report antisemitic graffiti in Hampstead a number of times before, including by a banned neo-Nazi group, but I have never seen anything approaching this extent.”

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Comments (4)

  • different frank says:

    “In case anyone was curious as to the 9/11 reference in the disgusting anti-semitic graffiti in London it has nowt to do with the attacks in the USA. It is a specific reference to the start of Kristallnacht in 1938 Germany.

    “The lid has been permanently removed…”

    [https://dorseteye.com/the-lid-has-been-permanently-removed/]

  • JanP says:

    Solidarity with Jewish people and all other ethnic minority communities. The more people who record and report each incident they see of racist stickers or graffiti to the police the better. Get an incident reference as well.

  • John Wise says:

    I fear for the future as we sink into the abyss of racism, intolerance and hatred.

  • different frank says:

    Anyone see Smeeth, Berger or Austin there?

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