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Cemetery attacked

by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2005-06-16



Around 100 gravestones in east London have been pushed over and damaged in the second attack on a Jewish cemetery in less than a week.

The West Ham Jewish Cemetery suffered the damage which follows the desecration of another cemetery in Manchester.

As well as stones being pushed over, two inverted swastikas were drawn onto four of the headstones and antisemitic graffiti was also daubed at the entrance of the mausoleum.
The Community Security Trust and Newham Police have attended to the cemetery and police are now fully investigating this incident.

"The desecration of Jewish religious property has regrettably become commonplace. We call on the courts to hand down appropriate deterrent sentences in these cases. This is the third desecration of a Jewish cemetery this year."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Community Safety Unit at Plaistow on 020 7275 5889 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.