Cardinal Nichols has denounced the antisemitic graffiti daubed on numerous commercial establishments and a synagogue in Hampstead in late December 2019, saying that “the recent antisemitic graffiti in north London brings shame to us all” and condemning “all expressions of hatred”.
The Cardinal, who serves as Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, made the remarks in his New Year’s message, in which he hoped that “each of us, every person in our society, will shun all forms and expressions of hatred against others”.
“Such hatred,” he said, “can have no place in our way of life. Only when we see the good in each other will every person feel welcomed and unafraid.”
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said of the incident: “The perpetrator must be identified and prosecuted to clearly show that the intimidation of Jewish communities will not be tolerated.”