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Forced Israel plaque removal ‘disgraceful’

The spot from which a plaque marking the birthplace of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog was removed

The spot from which a plaque marking the birthplace of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog was removed

Alleged attacks which have forced the removal of a plaque to mark the birthplace of a former Israeli president have been condemned.

The Ulster History Circle (UHC) blue plaque at the spot in north Belfast where Chaim Herzog was born has been the subject of what DUP councillor Brian Kingston called “anti-Semitic” incidents, including graffiti and items being thrown.

Having been in place since 1998, it was removed last week.

Mr Kingston said: “It is disgraceful that this item of Belfast history has been repeatedly targeted due to its connection with Israel.”

The UUP said in a statement such incidents are “a damning indictment of the intolerance within some elements of our society”.

The police has no reports of any incidents at the address in question.

However, the UHC said: “The Circle understands the plaque has been the subject of unwelcome attention recently, and with regard for the safety of the building and its occupants, it has been removed.”

 

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