Activist Fiona Sharpe, who lives in Brighton, said on Twitter: “The clearly political nature of this graffiti is very concerning. It was sprayed on a wall just down the road from one synagogue and within five minutes’ walk from two others.”
Sussex Police is investigating the racist vandalism, with a spokesperson reportedly saying: “I understand the distress and concern that this incident will cause, this matter is being dealt with as a hate crime and I want to offer reassurance and say that we take criminality of this nature very seriously. We are doing everything we can to progress this investigation. We continue to closely monitor Hate incidents, it remains a priority for us to identify and hold those responsible to account. I would ask the public to remain vigilant please report any incidents of hate crime to us without delay.”
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.
Image credit: Sussex Friends of Israel