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‘Pathetic’ swastika graffiti returns to Hackney

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2014

Shomrim members are more used to dealing with mild antisocial behaviour than hate crimes, and over the weekend called an ambulance to help a drunk man who had injured himself [Photo by @ShomrimOfficial]

Shomrim members are more used to dealing with mild antisocial behaviour than hate crimes, and over the weekend called an ambulance to help a drunk man who had injured himself [Photo by @ShomrimOfficial]

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Offensive Nazi graffiti that has been daubed on a wall in Hackney with a large Jewish population is being investigated by the police.

On Sunday afternoon Hackney’s Shomrim Jewish Community Safety Patrol discovered a swastika had been spray-painted onto the side of a house on Mount Pleasant Lane at the junction with Comberton Road in Upper Clapton while a second anti-Semetic mark was found further up the road.

The police are treating the crime as racially motivated and no arrests have been made at this stage.

Cllr Harvey Odze, who represents the local area and has lived in Hackney for his entire life, said: “Any form of hate crime is completely un-called-for.

“We shouldn’t be having this in Hackney as we have always had a very low level of anti-Semitism.

“It is important that we build community relations and that we support what David Cameron has said in parliament about dealing with extremism.”

In a discussion on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “I am deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-Semitism on our streets in Britain.

“Let me be clear, we must not tolerate this in our country.

“There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.”

Upper Clapton is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community, including a number of Holocaust survivors, and this isn’t the first time anti-Semitic graffiti has been found in the area.

The most recent swastika has appeared on the same spot where similar graffiti was reported by Shomrim around a month ago.

However, Cllr Ian Sharer of the nearby Cazenove ward insisted there is nothing to worry about.

He said: “I suspect it was some twerp to be honest - it’s pretty pathetic.

“I have no knowledge of any anti-Semitism in the area and it just seems that someone has had too much to drink.

“Everything is normal as far as I’m concerned and it is a great credit to the people living in the area.”

In a discussion on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “I am deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-Semitism on our streets in Britain. Let me be clear, we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.”

The local Shomrim watch out for crime and suspicious activity in Hackney and South Tottenham with the aim of making residents feel safe.

Coordinator Chaim Hochhauser said the Shomrim was working closely with Hackney police.

Mr Chaim added: “Shomrim urges anyone who witnessed these incidents or has any information, to contact Hackney Police on 101”.

The graffiti has now been removed.


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