Swastikas sprayed on a church in England

“In this week of Holocaust Memorial Day, we recognize the suffering of the Jewish people and wish to reiterate our support for Jewish friends and colleagues. »

St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in England was spray-painted with Nazi symbols. Swastikas, as well as what appears to be a Star of David, have been painted on the facade of the building.

The Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow, condemned this act of vandalism, recalling that “the Church of England opposes all forms of anti-Semitism”.

“In this week of Holocaust Memorial Day, we recognize the suffering of the Jewish people and wish to reiterate our support for Jewish friends and colleagues. We condemn this act of vandalism and will cooperate with responding authorities. We offer our support to church colleagues and the wider Melton community as we stand united against hate and prejudice in all its forms. »

This week the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin welby, had denounced “the deep evil of anti-Semitism” which he compared to a “volcano”.

“For centuries, anti-Semitism has been like a volcano in European culture. It erupts from time to time with absolute destruction, but still emits noxious and terrible gases that poison the atmosphere in Europe and around the world. »

He called for vigilance because “there is no acceptable level of anti-Semitism”.

“We must constantly be vigilant against the first signs of an upcoming eruption. We cannot tolerate any anti-Semitism. There is no acceptable level of anti-Semitism. »

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