Synagogue attack is condemned


The smashing of windows at a synagogue has been widely condemned.

Glass was smashed at the north Belfast building on two separate occasions over the weekend; incidents the police are treating as religiously-motivated hate crimes.

Rabbi David Singer said whatever the views of those responsible, “it’s quite possible to voice an opinion”, adding that such acts of vandalism “prove nothing”.

The UUP and DUP also condemned the incidents, which come amid criticism of Israel over the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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The Rabbi said the Somerton Road venue was the only synagogue in the Province and had roughly 100 members.

He added he had not seen any similar incidents at the synagogue since arriving about 15 months ago, and older members say it has been many years since any such thing occurred.

Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for North Belfast, said: “This is a disgraceful and despicable action. Those who have such hatred in their hearts to carry out this attack must be condemned. The Jewish community are a long-established part of Belfast and have a rich history in the city. ”

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said: “We offered refuge during the Second World War to many fleeing the Holocaust and it is abhorrent that the synagogue has been the target of this hate crime.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.