As Jews of London celebrated the holiday of Hanukkah, Jew-haters daubed their shops and a synagogue in anti-Semitic graffiti.
Police are investigating the incidents, as anti-Jew sentiment rises.
London’s Metropolitan Police received reports of the graffiti on Saturday, and are conducting inquiries “to find who is responsible,” officers said on Sunday.
The graffiti – found at a number of locations in the Hampstead and Belsize Park area – depicts a Star of David and the numbers “9.11,” a reference to that the Jews orchestrated the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. One of the messages was spray-painted onto South Hampstead Synagogue.
“We must move heaven and earth to eradicate this racist hatred, which was unimaginable just a few years back,” Hampstead Councillor Oliver Cooper tweeted on Sunday.
An August report by a Jewish supremacist group found that 892 "anti-Semitic incidents" were recorded in the first six months of 2019, including 85 assaults. Such incidents have been rising since 2013, and range from "harassment on social media" to attacks on the street.
The rise in anti-Semitism has been blamed on the far right, on Muslim immigrants, and on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
The situation is similar across Europe, with an EU-wide survey last year finding that 89 percent of Jews felt that "anti-Semitism had increased" in the preceding five years. Thirty-five percent of British Jews surveyed said they had considered emigrating to Israel in response.