Weekend of anti Semitic attacks branded “shameful” by Dismore

A series of criminal acts targeted at members of the Jewish Community in Mill Hill and Edgware over Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January have been branded “shameful”, “disgusting” and “totally unacceptable” by London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore.


Offensive graffiti was found on a recycling bin and bollard in Daws Lane, Mill Hill, and a man was pelted with eggs from a passing car in Edgwarebury Lane on the evening of Friday 20th. On morning of Saturday 21st, a brick was thrown through a window at a home in Hillside Gardens, Edgware, with anti-Semitic comments written on it. Hours later, a swastika symbol had been drawn in the condensation on a window in Watford Way, Mill Hill.


It is not yet known if the incidents are linked, though police are keen to speak to anyone who might have further information.


Reacting to the news, Mr Dismore said:


“These kind of disgusting incidents are totally unacceptable. Whilst attending the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at City Hall today, there could not have been a better reminder of why it is still so important to educate people about anti-Semitism. It is shameful more of these incidents have happened here, given Barnet is home to the largest number of Jewish residents  in the country.


“The need for organisations like Shomrim and the Community Safety Trust is sad but entirely necessary for occasions such as this. The community will want reassurance that this is being taken seriously. I raised their work with the previous Mayor, and am doing so again with Sadiq. I have already raised these incidents with  the police   and I am pleased that they have stepped up reassurance patrols.


“I will also be following up  the police response in the next meeting of the City Hall Police and Crime Committee, of which I am a member.”