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Neo-Nazis film themselves defacing Jewish monument in Birmingham

Neo-Nazis have filmed themselves defacing a Jewish monument in Cannon Hill Park Photo: BPM Media

Neo-Nazis have filmed themselves defacing a Jewish monument in Cannon Hill Park – draping a swastika flag and hate slogans over it.

The extremists, from pro-Hitler hate group National Action, also smeared anti-Jewish graffiti onto the park gates.

National Action also smeared anti-Jewish graffiti onto the park gates. Credit: BPM Media

Police are now investigating the attack after a video has emerged on YouTube.

It was uploaded from an account linked to National Action, a fascist youth group said to have previously been under investigation by anti-terrorism officers.

Neo-Nazis have filmed themselves defacing a Jewish monument in Cannon Hill Park Credit: BPM Media

The video shows figures spray-painting a Star of David onto the park gates, with the caption ‘bankers’ and a ‘1%’ before they climb a menorah, a seven-branched candle stand used in Jewish worship.

One per cent of the German population was Jewish before the Nazis implemented the Holocaust.

The men are then seen hanging a Third Reich swastika flag and a billboard with National Action’s logo.

The vandals have their faces blurred throughout the video and are wearing latex gloves to avoid leaving behind fingerprints.

The entrance to Cannon Hill Park Credit: BPM Media

The large menorah, maintained by the Lubavitch Jewish community, has been a popular attraction in the park for years and is lit during Jewish festivals.

It’s disgusting but dishearteningly this isn’t surprising. Jewish people need reassurance, genuine security and the promise from counter-terrorism that this group will not continue to get away with spreading their Nazi hatred.”

– Maggie Suissa, campaigns director for the Union of Jewish Students

National Action posters are said to have been found at a dozen UK universities, and one alleged leader quit Warwick University after being named in a national newspaper.

The group demonstrated at Nelson Mandela’s statue in London last year.

They also draped a banner with the slogan “Anti-Racist is a Codeword for Anti-White” over a bridge in Birmingham.

We are aware of a video on YouTube which appears to show religiously aggravated vandalism in Cannon Hill Park. We take reports of hate crime extremely seriously and would urge anyone with information which would help us identify the people in the images to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Inspector Rachel Crump, of West Midlands Police