Man arrested after Nazi swastika daubed on synagogue in Leeds

A man has been arrested over both the graffiti and an incident involving security staff

A swastika was daubed on the sign of the synagogue

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A man has been arrested after anti-Semitic graffiti, including the swastika symbol, was daubed on the sign of a synagogue in Leeds.

The suspect was detained at the end of last week following two separate incidents outside Etz Chaim synagogue, according to The Times of Israel.

The man was reportedly arrested after members of the Community Security Trust, a prominent Jewish organisation, were bombarded with abuse outside the building last Thursday (October 12).

The previous day, a swastika and the word "kikes" had been found sprayed on the sign at the entrance to the synagogue in red spray paint.

Graffiti was also found in a second location bearing the words "kikes get out."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said the man had been arrested over both the graffiti and the verbal abuse, adding that he has been released under investigation.

“We are pleased that West Yorkshire Police are investigating both incidents vigorously and have made an arrest," the spokesperson said. "Hopefully as their inquiries continue they will get a clearer picture of what happened in each incident.”

Following the discovery of the graffiti, members of the local Muslim community visited the synagogue with a gift of flowers, a gesture which received widespread praise from both the media and local Jewish community leaders.