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Anti-Semitic Graffiti

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Following the recent sickening reports of anti-Semitic graffiti in Hampstead and Belsize Park, how will you be increasing your efforts to tackle hate-crime in the capital and ensure communities, such as London’s Jewish community, feel safe?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

This makes me sick to my stomach. Anti-Semitic graffiti like this is a hate crime, it has no place anywhere and certainly not in London. We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our Jewish community.

I was very pleased to see Camden council act promptly to remove the vile graffiti. At the same time BCU Commander Raj Kohli has visited local synagogues to offer his personal reassurance and uniformed police patrols have been increased in and around the area, particularly around places of worship across London. Local officers continue to liaise with the Jewish community and faith leaders.

Along with the MPS and our statutory and community partners, we are taking a more strategic and tailored approach that can make a real difference. The London Hate Crime Prevention Board and the MPS Hate Crime Diamond Group both include representatives from all targeted communities to look at how we collectively address the challenges of hate crime.

These forums help to identify opportunities to work more closely with communities, increase public confidence in reporting, identify best practice, and ensure timely pathways into victim support services.

Finally, I have invested additional resources into combatting hate crime with funding for awareness raising, outreach and the specialist support services that hate crime victims need to cope and recover.