London: Anti-Semitic Vandals Cover Jewish Monument in Raw Pig’s Meat
The memorial and fountain, located in Whitechapel, is a testament to Edward VII, former king of the United Kingdom (UK) from 1901-1910.
“In grateful and loyal memory of Edward VII, Rex et Imperator, Erected by subscriptions raised by Jewish inhabitants of East London, 1911,” the inscription reads.
Local resident Lauren Justice saw the defilement and immediately posted the photos to Twitter after contacting local authorities.
“I just think it is disgusting,” Justice told the Evening Standard. “It is a memorial. I do not know if they think it is funny or what, but it cannot be allowed to stay up like that.”
“I find it offensive.”
The Tower Hamlets Council stated that it was investigating the incident.
The growing face of British anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain jumped by a whopping 53% in the first half of 2015 as compared to the same period last year, according to a report released in late July.
The findings, released in a report by the Community Security Trust (CST) monitoring group, in part indicates a growth in reporting such incidents on the part of UK Jews, who are becoming more willing to step forward and take action against the hate crimes.
A full 473 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded from January to June, as opposed to just 309 in the first six months of 2014 – that figure was itself a 38% percent from the 223 incidents in the first half of 2013.