Zionist mural attacked in Belfast

 Graffiti treated as ‘hate crime’

Mural daubed with graffitiThe mural has been attacked before

Police are treating as a hate crime the defacement of a Belfast memorial to an Irish Zionist who fought in World War One.

The words “scum” and “Nazis” were daubed on the mural at the junction of Beverley Street and Northumberland Street.

It honours the life of Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson.

He served in the British Army and commanded a volunteer force known as the Jewish Legion.

Police said the incident happened some time between Thursday evening and Friday morning and have appealed for information about the incident.

DUP MLA William Humphrey said those responsible for the graffiti were not reflective of Belfast and offered his full support to the city’s Jewish community.

“I’m appalled that sick, evil people have sprayed grossly offensive anti-Semitic graffiti on a pro-Israel mural,” he said.

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

Clarification sought after report of shots fired

SHAME Fein have called for police to clarify whether shots were fired at a patrol nnear Woodvale Park on Monday night.

Oglagh na Ehireann (ONH)

Police said on Tuesday they are investigating reports two shots may have been fired at a police vehicle in Brompton Park at around 10.20pm. However, councillor Gerard McCabe said local people think the bangs may have been fireworks. “Speculation or claims that there was an attack on the PSNI vehicle are not helpful and the winner this is either confirmed or refuted the better,” he said. “The community in Ardoyne have undergone a stressful time recently with the Orange Order cranking up tensions with weekly protests. “The last thing they need are any unrepresentative micro groups within the area trying to make themselves relevant.” The DUP‘s William Humphrey said the shooting was “part of a wider pattern of incidents that have the clear intent of increasing community tensions”. “It demonstrates once again that the Parades Commission‘s disastrous decision has not only damaged community relations but has emboldened the sectarian agenda of sections of republicanism,” he said.


DUP assembly member William Humphrey refused to directly condemn the attack on Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir despite being asked 18 times in a row.


During an interview on BBC Radio Ulster‘s Evening Eextra programme, Mr Humphrey said his party had advised the council the mayor should not go to the park event, given the tensions in the area around flags. Presenter Seamus McKee repeatedly asked him if the jostling and heckling of Mr O Muilleour was wrong. However, Mr Humphrey did not answer the question directly and said the mayor should have listened to the DUP’s advice. “I’m not going to comment on something I didn’t see,” he added. However, when asked if attacks on police officers who were escorting Mr O Muilleior from the scene were wrong, he said: “All violence is wrong, I said that earlier in the interview”.

With thanks to the : The Irish News.

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