Defiant community unites to clean-up Jewish cemetery targeted in Nazi attack

A DEFIANT community have come together to clean up a cemetery targeted in a sickening anti-Semitic attack.

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Defiant community unite to clean-up Jewish cemetery targeted in Nazi attack[MEN Syndication ]

It has been a really uplifting thing to watch a community battered into the floor again coil up like a spring and come back flying

Harry Johnston, from the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust (NMJCT) charity

More than 100 people from different walks of life rallied around to restore Blackley Jewish Cemetery back to its former glory, after as many as 60 marble and granite headstones were knocked down and daubed with swastikas and abusive graffiti.The clean-up operation comes as two 13-year-olds were arrested over the racist rampage, which took place last week.

Harry Johnston, who helped organise yesterday’s mass clean-up, said it was “heartwarming” to watch a “battered” community unite over the attack.

He said: “These people have done a sterling job. We’ve had people from all different walks of society here – including Muslims, Christians and volunteers from Greater Manchester Police.

“A chap in a dog collar brought a whole bunch of people straight from a service down the road.

“It has been a really uplifting thing to watch a community battered into the floor again coil up like a spring and come back flying.”

 

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As many as 60 graves were knocked down and daubed with swastikas and abusive graffiti [MEN Syndication]
Mr Johnston, from the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust (NMJCT) charity, said organisers had only expected around 20 people to show up – so were overwhelmed by the turnout.Work had to be done in shifts because so many people turned out to help – there was not even enough cleaning equipment to go round.

A refrigerator, a settee and a mattress were among the items dumped in the grounds of the cemetery on Rochdale Road in Blackley, Greater Manchester that volunteers cleaned up.

The damaged graves will take longer to repair and is the responsibility of the families affected. But Mr Johnston said wrecked children’s graves from the 1900s would be paid for by NMJCT.

He continued: “I was extremely upset by the attack and felt terrible for the families turning up after it happened.

“But the community has come out on top.”

Details have been revealed as faith leaders issued a joint statement condemning the cowardly attack.

Police believe the cemetery rampage was carried out between 4pm on Sunday, June 22 and 3.30pm the following day, when it was discovered.

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday. They have been bailed until July 25 pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

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The clean-up operation comes after two teenagers were arrested over the racist rampage [MEN Syndication ] 

via – http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/485760/defiant-community-unites-clean-up-jewish-cemetery-nazi-attack

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