‘Sickening’ anti-Semitic attack on Manchester cemetery

Vandalised Jewish graves
Some gravestones were toppled in the attack by vandals

 Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas have been daubed over gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said the attack at the cemetery in Rochdale Road, Blackley, was “sickening and cruel” racism.

In addition to the slogans and graffiti some of the graves were toppled by the vandals.

The Community Security Trust said such incidents had been cut in Greater Manchester over the past three years.

‘Diabolical discovery’

Bernard Freeman, 88, visited his mother’s grave to discover it had been toppled.

He said: “I come here to say a prayer to my mother and my father and tell them in my own way about the children, the grandchildren and great grandchildren – to come here and find this happen, it’s diabolical, it really is.

“If I could get me hands on them myself – even at my age – I would kill ’em, I really would.”

Vandalised Jewish graves
A number of graves were damaged in the attack

“This is a sickening and cruel act of racism,” said Insp Mike Reid.

“The vandalism of a gravestone is, in itself, a sickening act but to violate the memory of those resting in the cemetery still further by daubing racial slurs on the graves is truly repulsive.

“I cannot begin to get into the mind of someone who would commit such an atrocity.”

Greater Manchester had the UK’s highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2011, but this has dropped according The Community Security Trust – a Jewish charity.

“A lot of good work has been done by Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service – we hope this is is an isolated incident,” said a trust spokesman.

via – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-27994943

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