‘Hitler graffiti’ one of 50 reported anti-Semitic incidents in London


here have been 50 anti-Semitic incidents in London since Hamas attacked Isreal at the weekend, according to a Jewish charity.

The reported incidents range from physical and verbal abuse to the daubing of graffiti, including one with the image of Hitler, on walls.

In total across the UK there have been 89 cases of anti-Semitic behaviour reported to the Community Security Trust, which logs the alleged crimes.

The figures cover the four days from the attack by Hamas on southern Israel on Saturday to Tuesday.

The CST, which is a charity whose mission is to protect the Jewish Community, recorded 21 anti-Semitic incidents over the same four days in 2022. This equates to a increase of 324% this year compared to the same period last year.

Graffiti depicting Adolf Hitler giving a Nazi salute and the word “Jews” was painted on a wall in the City of London, according to the CST. An orthodox Jew was punched on a bus in the capital and his religious hat taken.

In another incident a Jewish person reported that they were on Oxford Street and the occupant of a passing van shouted vile anti-Semitic abuse.

Across the country there have been six assaults, three acts of vandalism to Jewish property, 14 thefts, 14 direct threats and 66 incidents of abusive behaviour including graffiti and online trolling, according to the CST figures.

Other London incidents included a Jewish couple who were walking in West London when a cyclist rode past and shouted “Free Palestine” at them.

Meanwhile the words “Free Palestine” and “Palestine will be free” were daubed in large letters on two railway bridges across the main roads in Golders Green, in the heart of London’s Jewish community.

A statement from the CST said: “We will not stand for this anti-Jewish hatred and nor should anybody else. We urge everyone who experiences or witnesses antisemitism to report it to police and to CST so that those who are trying to intimidate and threaten our community can be investigated, arrested and prosecuted.

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