Nazi slur scrawled on memorial in ‘hate attack’

Graffiti vandalising the Jewish memorial in north Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker

Police are investigating after a Nazi slur was scrawled on a memorial in north Belfast overnight.

The memorial, at the junction of Beverley Street and Northumberland Street, commemorates Jewish soldier Lt Col John Henry Patterson.

It has been attacked on previous occasions, with the latest graffiti appearing sometime between Thursday evening and the early hours of Friday.

PSNI Inspector Murphy said: “The incident is being treated as a hate crime.

“Police would like to hear from anyone with information, or anyone who was in the area and noticed anything or anyone suspicious.”

DUP North Belfast MLA William Humphrey has said he was left appalled that “sick, evil people have sprayed grossly offensive anti-Semitic graffiti on a pro-Israel mural”.

He added: “Belfast is an increasingly diverse city. Our small, but growing Jewish community is the oldest and much valued minority community in the city.

“The Jewish community has and continues to make an important contribution to the religious, cultural, commercial and business life of Belfast.

“As a North Belfast MLA, I stand with and fully support Belfast’s Jewish community - many of whom are dear friends. All right-thinking people must condemn this evil.”