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Thirteen Jewish graves desecrated in Belfast

The Belfast Telegraph has reported that 13 Jewish graves have been desecrated in a cemetery in Belfast, Northern Island.

The cemetery stands as witness to over 150 years of Jewish history in the city, including the grave of the community’s founder Daniel Joseph Jaffe, who died in Nice but whose body was brought back to Belfast to be buried, as well as more recent graves of those who went to Northern Ireland to escape Nazi and Soviet persecution.

The attack was carried out by a “large crowd of youths” on Friday night. They apparently used hammers. They had also attempted to destroy the slabs of rocks on top of the graves, in an attempt to uncover the remains.

A local politician described the attack as “anti-community, anti-Belfast, anti-social and anti-Semitic”.

The police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Any information can be supplied via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the 101 non-emergency number, using reference 742 of 26th August

 

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Northern Ireland Catholic priest caught doing Nazi salute in room full of Nazi memorabilia

A video has emerged of a Roman Catholic priest taking drugs in a room that is filled with Nazi merobilia.

The memorabilia, owned by Father Stephen Crossan, includes flags, hats and an eagle with a swastika on a plinth. Crossan lives on the grounds of St Patrick’s Church in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. The Daily Mail quoted a source as saying: “It was all over the house. At one point Stephen put on a cap and did the Nazi salute. It’s shocking. He’s supposed to be an upstanding member of society.”

Crossan denied being a Nazi and said the memorabilia was there because he collects “historical stuff”. He said he suffers from depression and had left the church but was being backed by the parish. A spokesman for his bishop said the priest would be supported through his issues.