East Lon­don hit by anti-Is­rael graf­fiti …

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

PO­LICE IN East Lon­don have ap­pealed for wit­nesses and in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing a rash of anti-Is­rael graf­fiti which hit two bor­oughs last week.

A num­ber of sites in Hack­ney and Tower Ham­lets were at­tacked with blue and sil­ver paint. Al­most all of them car­ried slo­gans, such as “Ji­had is the only so­lu­tion for Is­rael”, “Ji­had for Is­rael” and “Ji­had to Tel Aviv”.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Rob Kidd, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at Lime­house Com­mu­nity Safety Unit in Tower Ham­lets, said: “We are tak­ing th­ese in­ci­dents of graf­fiti se­ri­ously and we are look­ing to trace any­one who may have seen those re­spon­si­ble.

“The graf­fiti un­doubt­edly caused of­fence and we would also like to reas- sure the Jewish com­mu­nity that we are work­ing hard to track down the of­fend­ers. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact us as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Graf­fiti was sprayed on build­ings, walls, phone kiosks and pave­ments. In Hack­ney, about 16 daub­ings were con­cen­trated in an area around Clap­ton Com­mon, Stam­ford Hill and Bray­don Road. In Tower Ham­lets, graf­fiti had been sprayed on walls in Lime­house.

While­some­me­di­are­portssug­gested that the perime­ter walls of a num­ber of strictly Ortho­dox syn­a­gogues had been at­tacked, the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust said that was not the case.

Mark Gard­ner, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of the CST, said: “Se­cu­rity is al­ready tight at syn­a­gogues due to the rel­a­tively high level of ter­ror­ist threat that we have sadly faced for some years now. Th­ese daub­ings have shown ex­actly why we need that se­cu­rity, which de­pends upon part­ner­ship be­tween po­lice, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and CST. The po­lice re­ac­tion has been prompt and pro­fes­sional, as has the re­sponse from lo­cal coun­cil clean-up teams who have re­moved the graf­fiti as quickly as pos­si­ble in or­der to re­duce com­mu­nity ten­sion and fear.”

All the sites were be­ing ex­am­ined for foren­sic ev­i­dence and CCTV footage was be­ing viewed. Hack­ney po­lice said they had re­cov­ered spray paint. Hack­ney Part­ner­ship Su­per­in­ten­dent Alun Goode said: “Hack­ney po­lice takes all in­ci­dents of a racist or an­tisemitic na­ture very se­ri­ously and our CSU has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing all th­ese in­ci­dents.”

Any­one who can as­sist should call Lime­house CSU on 020 7275 4778.

Graf­fiti seen on a wall in Waltham­stow, North-East Lon­don, last week

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