Jewish community ‘fearful’ as fourth Holocaust Memorial Day poster defaced

A vandalised poster in High Street, Stratford

A vandalised poster in High Street, Stratford - Credit: Archant

Defacing of Holocaust Memorial Day posters has left Newham’s Jewish community afraid, according to the director of a project tracing the faith’s history in the East End.

Speaking after a fourth poster was reported as vandalised on Friday night, Judith Garfield, executive director of Eastside Community Heritage, said Jewish people are now “a lot more fearful of working with other communities”.

The vandalism of a poster advertising the council’s Holocaust Memorial Day service in Balaam Street, Plaistow, was the latest in a spate of what police are describing as “racially aggravated” attacks.

The words “liars” and “killers” were daubed in red paint on three posters - two in High Street, Stratford, and one in West Ham Lane, near Stratford Park - earlier last week.

Anyone with information relating to the crimes should contact police on 101. This number can also be used to report a crime.

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