Warn­ing af­ter road sign stunt

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

A STRICTLY Ortho­dox group has warned mem­bers of the community against re­port­ing “false an­ti­semitic sto­ries” to the me­dia.

In a state­ment is­sued on Sun­day, the Jewish Community Coun­cil of Stam­ford Hill, north-east Lon­don, ac­cused groups of “us­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to smear the me­dia” with sto­ries about an­ti­semitism.

The com­ment fol­lows an in­ci­dent last week when a fake road sign, de­pict­ing a man in tra­di­tional Charedi dress, was de­scribed by Shom­rim, the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood watch group, as “of­fen­sive” and caus­ing con­cern among res­i­dents, but was later re­vealed to be part of a street-art project.

Sim­che Steinberger, Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for Hack­ney, and JCC mem­ber said: “It is im­por­tant to play down what I call fake news, self-cre­ated, an­ti­semitic sto­ries, which some groups are us­ing as a PR tool.”

A spokesper­son for the Metropolitan Po­lice said the in­ci­dent was be­ing treated “as a re­li­giously ag­gra­vated hate crime.”

He added: “Of­fi­cers from Hack­ney Community Safety unit are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and in­quiries are on­go­ing.”

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