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Vigil to be held at a Jewish cemetery following hate crime

A VIGIL will be staged at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester on Sunday after it was vandalised in what police said was a hate crime.

Gravestones and windows were smashed and a CCTV camera stolen from Philips Park Jewish cemetery. Three chapels were also damaged.

The attack took place on the night of February 8-9.

Nahella Ashraf, co-chair of greater Manchester Stand Up To Racism and herself a victim of an Islamophobic attack, said the vandalism was one of an increasing number of anti-semitic attacks.

She said: “We condemn the desecration of this Jewish cemetery. To vandalise the cemetery where loved ones who have passed away are buried is a heartless attack that hurts the living.

“To relatives with family members buried in the cemetery and to the wider Jewish congregation we send our heartfelt support at this distressing time. We stand together in opposition to all forms of racism.”

Ms Ashraf was assaulted and spat on by a racist thug when she attended a business trip in London in 2017.

The vigil takes place close to the cemetery at noon.

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