Anti-Jew Graffiti Daubed on Walls

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), July 9, 2004 | Go to article overview

Anti-Jew Graffiti Daubed on Walls


Byline: By Louise Redvers

Anger at racist yobs

Race-hate yobs are behind an anti-Semitic graffiti campaign against Tyneside's Jewish community.

Swastikas and National Front slogans have been daubed on walls in the Bensham area of Gateshead.

And lampposts around Rectory Road and Coatsworth Road are covered in stickers which feature children posing in Nazi salutes.

In nearby back lanes there are stickers with homophobic messages and anti-asylum seeker slogans.

Gateshead is home to around 5,000 Orthodox Jews ( one of the biggest Jewish communities outside London. Families are sickened by the graffiti but say it is just part of the abuse they have to live with.

An 18-year-old student at the Talmudical College on Durham Road, who was too scared to give his name, said: "I'm from America and I've never known anything like this before.

"We have people screaming at us in the street and I know people who've been threatened by petrol bombs and others who've been punched."

A fellow student, 19, said: "It's really bad. …

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