When swastikas were sprayed near a Jewish school in London, a local Muslim man was first to respond


On Monday swastikas were spray painted onto a van parked outside of a Jewish girls' school in Stamford Hill, north London.

The incident on Alkam Road occured near to the Beis Malka Jewish Girls' School and the graffiti on parked vehicles included swastikas and the words 'f*** off'.

Police in Hackney are investigating.

When images from this incident was tweeted about by an account of 'Shomrim NE London', the first response came from 'Hackney Muslims'.

The NLMCC to which 'Hackney Muslims' refers is the North London Muslim Community Centre on Alkam Road.

The kind message of soldarity from 'Hackney Muslims' was noticed by Twitter user 'Mike K' who took a screenshot of the exchange and shared it to his followers.

His tweet was shared over 2,000 times within days. Yet his reference to 'Hackney Muslims' as a 'local Muslim group' is slightly misleading.

While @Shomrim purports to be the account for the volunteer Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim, which also has branches in the United States, the account '@HackeyMuslims' is not a local group, by a single human being, self described as:

someone labelled me a 'community activist' ?! ..heck I jus [sic] roam around Hackney checking out the scene across the Muslim community and beyond. ..hardly activist

The Independent has contacted @HackneyMuslims for comment.

More: We live in strange times: Neo-Nazis have declared New Balance the ‘Official Shoes of White People’​

More: Donald Trump's raging hypocrisy - in two tweets​

The Conversation (0)