London mayor calls for action following string of antisemitic incidents

The Mayor of London called for zero tolerance for hate crimes in the wake of a series of antisemitic incidents in the British capital.

Sadiq Khan met on Monday evening with genocide survivors, including from the Holocaust, as part of the city’s programming surrounding International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

“I ask all Londoners to report any form of hate crime, no matter how trivial,” Khan told The Guardian newspaper. “A brick with a swastika on it thrown through a window of a Jewish home is not a trivial matter and needs to be addressed.”

The incidents included a brick with images of swastikas and antisemitic messages thrown through the window of a Jewish home in the Edgware neighbourhood in north London on Saturday morning. Hours earlier in the same neighbourhood, a group of identifiably Jewish people were pelted with eggs while walking home from Shabbat dinner.

Also, swastikas were discovered drawn on a property in the borough of Barnet; a city-owned rubbish bin was defaced with anti-Jewish invective, and a poster for the film “Denial” was vandalised with graffiti.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were investigating the incidents, the Evening Standard reported, including viewing footage from surveillance cameras near the incidents. Police also were adding patrols in the areas to reassure residents.


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