Anti-Semitic graffiti outside British synagogue deemed hate crime by local police

The members of Leeds’ Jewish community were shocked to find anti-Semitic graffiti outside the main synagogue in the city. The local police department has launched an investigation into the hate crime.
The graffiti Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted outside the main synagogue in Leeds, Britain. The offensive graffiti includes swastikas and the message “kikes get out.” The local police department has launched an investigation.

According to the police statement, the anti-Semitic graffiti at the Etz Chaim Synagogue was reported on Wednesday morning. “Officers from the Outer North East Neighbourhood Policing Team are aware of the incident and are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure the community and are liaising with key representatives,” West Yorkshire Police said in a statement.

The graffiti Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as a hate crime. The Community Security Trust, a charity combating anti-Semitism and racism in Britain, said in a statement that it is “working closely” with the synagogue and police regarding the incident. “As you might expect, such vile graffiti in a prominent location in the heart of the Jewish community has caused widespread upset and concern,” CST added.

Susie Gordon, the executive director the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, stated: “The incident at Etz Chaim is obviously very upsetting but thankfully not a common occurrence.”

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