An English cardinal has condemned “all expressions of hatred” after anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed across shops, cafes and a synagogue in London.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster denounced the December 29 attacks, which coincided with the Jewish religious festival of Hanukkah.
“The recent anti-Semitic graffiti in north London brings shame to us all,” said the cardinal, whose archdiocese covers the city north of the River Thames. “Such hatred can have no place in our way of life.
“Only when we see the good in each other will every person feel welcomed and unafraid.”
His remarks came in response to vandals who spray-painted the Star of David and ‘9/11’ in red over about a dozen properties in Hampstead and Belsize Park, affluent suburbs of north London with high Jewish populations.
One of the targets was an Israeli-style restaurant.