An anti-Semitic road sign has appeared near a synagogue in Stamford Hill, home to the Europe’s largest community of Hasidic Jews.
The triangular sign, discovered on Monday, depicts the silhouette of an Orthodox Jewish man in a traditional Fedora hat.
It was reported to the police by a member of Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch group, and taken down on Wednesday morning.
Barry Bard, supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, told the Hackney Post: “The sign has caused a lot of concern amongst local Jewish residents, especially as it’s in such close proximity to a Synagogue.”
The sign has been condemned by local politicians. Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, called it “disgusting” and “unacceptable”, while David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, said it was “despicable”.
Disgusting. Unacceptable. https://t.co/uym6OisBsl
— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) March 14, 2017
Shomrim reported that last year it helped to bring eight convictions for anti-Semitic violence, help find 31 missing people and arrest 136 throughout Hackney and Haringey.
Despicable, nasty behaviour that has absolutely no place in our community https://t.co/TtlUfsVJO7
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 14, 2017