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Antisemitic graffiti opposite school entrance condemned in Bethnal Green protest

PUBLISHED: 10:29 17 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:29 17 January 2020

A protest was staged where antisemitic graffiti was sprayed in Mowlem Street, Bethnal Green. Picture: Sheila McGregor/Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism

A protest was staged where antisemitic graffiti was sprayed in Mowlem Street, Bethnal Green. Picture: Sheila McGregor/Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism

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“It is important to respond to every sign of racism.”

Cllr Rabina Khan said that the road to Auschwitz was paved with smaller signs of racism. Picture: Sheila McGregor/Tower Hamlets Stand Up to RacismCllr Rabina Khan said that the road to Auschwitz was paved with smaller signs of racism. Picture: Sheila McGregor/Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism

That was one message voiced at a protest sparked by antisemitic graffiti sprayed on a wall opposite Mowlem Primary in Mowlem Street, Bethnal Green.

About a dozen people gathered there for the action on Tuesday, January 14 including anti-racism campaigners and Cllr Rabina Khan who delivered the message, adding that the road to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz started with small incidents of prejudice.

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The Rev Alan Green from Saint John the Baptist Church in Bethnal Green stressed the importance of showing solidarity with anyone affected by racism.

The date 9/11 was daubed on a wall in Mowlem Street. Picture: Tower Hamlets SUTRThe date 9/11 was daubed on a wall in Mowlem Street. Picture: Tower Hamlets SUTR

Sheila McGregor, convenor of campaign group Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism, said afterwards: "When mothers complain about antisemitic graffiti to their primary school, it is obvious that anti-racists show their solidarity. We oppose all forms of racism.

"Our unity is our strength is a core belief of Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism."

The date, 9/11, appeared opposite the primary's back entrance in possible reference to a conspiracy theory that Jewish people are responsible for the terror attacks in New York and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001.

Tower Hamlets Council removed the graffiti on Tuesday morning.

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