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London’s Mayor Urges Action Following String of Anti-Semitic Attacks

London’s mayor on Monday called on residents to act against hate crimes after a series of anti-Semitic attacks were reported in the city over the weekend, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

“I ask all Londoners to report any form of hate crime, no matter how trivial,” Sadiq Khan said. “A brick with a swastika on it thrown through a window of a Jewish home is not a trivial matter and needs to be addressed,” he added, referring to an incident that took place in the Edgware neighborhood on Saturday morning.

Hours before the brick-throwing, a group of people described as being identifiably Jewish were pelted with eggs while walking in the same neighborhood. Swastikas were also discovered on a property in the London borough of Barnet, while a municipal dumpster was vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs and a poster for the film “Denial” was defaced with spray-paint. The movie concerns historian Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle against Holocaust denier David Irving.

Scotland Yard said officers are investigating the attacks as hate crimes and checking footage from video cameras in the areas where they took place. Extra patrols have also been added in the affected neighborhoods to reassure residents.

While campaigning for mayor last year, Khan was outspoken about displays of anti-Semitism in his own Labour Party, which he called a “badge of shame.” In his first official act as mayor last May, he attended a Holocaust memorial event.

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