'Beware of Jews' sign in London denounced

A neighborhood watch group said the red triangular warning sign, featuring a silhouetted image of a man in Orthodox Jewish clothing and hat, was attached to a lamppost near a synagogue.

By REUTERS
March 15, 2017 15:38
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"Artwork" of Haredi Jew in London

"Artwork" of Haredi Jew in London. (photo credit: SHOMRIM)

 
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 A "Beware of Jews" street sign that appeared in Stamford Hill, a London area home to a large Orthodox Jewish community, has been branded as "disgusting" and "despicable" by local lawmakers.

A neighborhood watch group said the red triangular warning sign, featuring a silhouetted image of a man in Orthodox Jewish clothing and hat, was attached to a lamppost near a synagogue.

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"Disgusting. Unacceptable," British Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott wrote on Twitter.

"Despicable, nasty behavior that has absolutely no place in our community," tweeted another Labour lawmaker from a nearby London area, David Lammy.

Municipal authority Hackney Council said on Wednesday it had not found the sign, which was one of a number of fake warnings in the area, and believed it had already been removed.

It surfaced as a wave of far-right political parties have been gaining support in election campaigns across Europe.

Dutch firebrand politician Geert Wilders hoped to gain ground with his anti-immigration stance on Wednesday in the first of three polls within the European Union this year where nationalist parties are riding a wave of support.



Stamford Hill is home to Europe's largest Haredi community of strictly Orthodox Jews, with an estimated 30,000 living in the area. It has been targeted by far-right supporters in the past and police figures show an increase of more than 60 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in London last year.

Last month, the Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on security matters, said it had recorded a record 1,309 incidents across the country in 2016, the highest number since it began collecting figures 33 years ago.

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