… as an­tisemitic at­tack­ers burn man’s prop­erty in Ire­land

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

A SPATE of at­tacks against a busi­ness­man has cul­mi­nated in an­tisemitic graf­fiti be­ing daubed on the wall of his home in a vil­lage in County Gal­way.

Herb Meyer’s car had been set alight twice and now his wall has been sprayed with the words “Jew Go Home” along­side the word “Jew” and a swastika.

Ger­man-born Mr Meyer, who lives in the vil­lage of Tuam with his part­ner Ar­mida Walsh, had been di­vid­ing his time be­tween the Ir­ish house and his main home in Lon­don.

He told the lo­cal Tuam Her­ald news­pa­per: “We had made a de­ci­sion to move back to Eng­land long be­fore th­ese at­tacks but they have tainted our re­main­ing time in Tuam, which un­til now has been a very happy pe­riod.”

Mr Meyer told re­porter Jac­que­line Hogge that he was wor­ried about leav­ing his home as he feared the at­tack­ers could set it alight.

Hedescribed­thet­woin­ci­dentswhen his car was de­stroyed. In the first, the fire was started near the back wheel while it was parked at the side of his house. The car alarm went off and the fire brigade ex­tin­guished the blaze. Mr Meyer be­lieved chil­dren might have been re­spon­si­ble.

But his view changed 10 days later when there was a far more sin­is­ter in­ci­dent. The cou­ple awoke at 2.30 one morn­ing to find the car “was like a huge torch. It was like some­thing you would have seen dur­ing the bad days of Belfast.

“It was very fright­en­ing and the heat of the blaze cracked the dou­ble-glaz­ing. We were lucky, as if it had been sin­gle panes they would blown in and the whole house could have gone up.”

Tuam Gar­dai (po­lice) said the at­tacks were part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and would not com­ment.

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