An inspiring alliance of Jewish and Muslim women in Birmingham removed antisemitic graffiti found in the city reading “Die Jewish”.
The group, determined to show that its members and their communities were “stronger together”, removed the graffiti found on a brick wall in Billesley, transforming it into a rainbow.
A local resident discovered the spray painted words and contacted other women across the city to replace it with the hopeful message: “Standing Together Against Hate – Jewish and Muslim women together.”
West Midlands Police reportedly praised the group for their initiative.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “The silver lining of antisemitic incidents can be the inspiring response of non-Jewish allies who abhor racism against their Jewish neighbours. The graffiti showcases the worst of Britain, but such responses can show our country at its best.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.
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