Jewish-Funded Monument in London Desecrated With Raw Meat
A Jewish-funded memorial statue in east London was found desecrated by vandals with raw meat on Thursday morning, the U.K. Independent reported.
The statue, located in the East End district of Whitechapel, was found covered in scraps of red meat and poultry.
Local Jewish residents paid for the monument to honor King Edward VII, who ruled in the early 20th century and was known for his amicable relations with Jews.
Lauren Justice, who first discovered the defacement said in a Twitter post that she was disgusted to see the memorial “treated with such disrespect.”
“I was just coming into Whitechapel for work this morning – usually I do not see the memorial because it is concealed by market stalls, but today it was just covered in meat,” she said. “I just think it is disgusting. It is a memorial. I do not know if they think it is funny or what, but it cannot be allowed to stay up like that. I find it offensive.”
According to the report, a spokesperson for the Tower Hamlets Council, which governs the area, thanked Justice for bringing the vandalism to their attention and said the raw meat would be removed soon. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Scotland Yard said they have yet to receive a report on the incident.
The vandalism comes just three days after a Jewish school in East London was marked with antisemitic graffiti for the second time in a little over a month.