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Source: Newham Council

Police are investigating ‘racially aggravated criminal damage’ after posters for Holocaust Memorial Day were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

The posters promote Newham Counci’s HMD commemoration on 27 January.

The words ‘Liars’ and ‘Killer’ were daubed in High Street, Stratford and West Ham Lane, according to the Standard.

Police have appealed for witnesses and are checking CCTV footage.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “This despicable and cowardly hate crime is an assault on the values of decency and mutual respect which the vast majority of us share. This outrage underlines not only the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive but of standing up to intolerance and hatred at every opportunity. “

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Source: Newham Council

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “We’re appalled by this anti-Semitic graffiti attack on a poster for the Newham Holocaust Memorial Day event.

“We welcome and echo the Mayor of Newham’s strong condemnation. The fact that Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are still issues in contemporary Britain demonstrate how relevant and necessary commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day continues to be.

“We hope as many people as possible will demonstrate their contempt for attacks like these by commemorating the day on 27 January.”

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