'Beware of Jews' sign found in Stamford Hill branded 'disgusting and unacceptable'

Tom Powell

A “disgusting” road sign warning people about the presence of Jews has been found attached to a lamppost in north London.

The triangular sign, discovered in Stamford Hill on Monday, shows a silhouette of a traditionally-dressed Orthodox Jewish man with a bright red border around it.

It is in the same style as official government road signs which warn of dangers including schoolchildren crossing the road and slippery surfaces.

Neighbourhood watch group the Shomrim said it had reported the sign to police and Hackney Council after it appeared near a synagogue on Clapton Common.

Barry Bard, Supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: "The sign has caused a lot of concern amongst local Jewish residents, especially as it is in such close proximity to a Synagogue."

'Unacceptable': the sign was found near a synagogue (Shomrim)

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot, who is MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, branded the sign “disgusting” and “unacceptable” on Twitter.

Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy also slammed the sign. "Despicable, nasty behaviour that has absolutely no place in our community," he wrote on Twitter.

The silhouette of the man on the sign clearly has the hat, side curls and long coat associated with Orthodox Jewish men.

A Shomrim study last year recorded 32 anti-Semitic incidents during a month-long study among Orthodox Jews living in the Stamford Hill area.

Among those attacked were an eight-year-old boy who was beaten up on his way home and a woman who was confronted by a man giving a Nazi salute.

Sadiq Khan pledged to organise talks between police and the neighbourhood watch group following the report.

He said: “That number of reports in a single month is of concern to me.

"Both I and the MPS agree that hate crime is under-reported and this is particularly true with regard to hate crime affecting London's Orthodox Jewish communities.”