A Messianic institution in Norfolk has been vandalised with antisemitic graffiti where a swastika was spray painted below the words “Free Palestine” and the antisemitic slur ‘kike’.
Binyamin Sheldrake, the spiritual leader of the Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue, said: “It’s horrible, it’s just people feeling they have permission to be antisemitic at the moment. They get encouraged to step out and do stuff like this…it’s not the kind of place where you would expect this kind of reaction.”
Norfolk Police issued an appeal around midday today which read: “Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident of criminal damage in Norwich overnight. The incident happened sometime between 4pm on Thursday 13 May and 7.30am on Friday 14 May when offensive graffiti was sprayed onto the door of a synagogue in Essex Street. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers are conducting reassurance patrols in the area. Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information concerning it, to come forward. Please contact PC James McAvoy at Earlham Police Station on 101 quoting crime reference 36/32537/21.”
We recently reported on the rise of antisemitic incidents in Britain in the wake of fighting between terrorist organisations and Israel.
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.