Police investigate ‘(((Zionist)))’ graffiti in Bethnal Green

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Police investigate ‘(((Zionist)))’ graffiti in Bethnal Green

Term daubed on a residential building in East London with the local council asked to clear off the 'antisemitic' vandalism

Antisemitic graffiti has been reported to police after appearing on a property in Bethnal Green.

The local authority has been asked to clear up the vandalism, after the term “(((Zionists hivemin))” was daubed on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “On the afternoon of Wednesday, 27 October police were made aware of antisemitic graffiti on a residential property in Durant Street, E2.

“Officers have asked the local authority to remove the graffiti. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Triple brackets, known as an ‘echo’, are commonly used by members of the far-right and alt-right on the internet to identify Jewish writers and public figures.

In response to the use of this by the far-right, many Jewish and non-Jewish social media activists, including British politicians, adopted the ‘echo’ as a show of defiance.

“Hivemin”, daubed on the wall with an incorrect spelling, refers to the term ‘hive mind’, meaning a ‘collective consciousness’ or group think.

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