Anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic graffiti painted onto walls of council flats in Otley, Yorkshire
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Tuesday February 03 2015
Local paper, the Wharfedale Observer, relates news of an incident of anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed onto council flats in the town of Otley in Yorkshire.
The graffiti is said to have appeared at the weekend, on Saturday 30 January, with a slogan “directing violence” towards Muslims and Jews appearing on the walls of the flat building though both words, Muslim and Jew, were spelt incorrectly.
The paper notes that the graffiti carried the “signature” of the English Defence League (EDL) though some suggest this may have been poking fun at the far right group than evidence of their involvement.
Otley Town Council swiftly removed the graffiti. Labour councillor, John Eveleigh told the local paper, “Most graffiti is exceptionally anti-social but when it has racist and fascist overtones it is thoroughly objectionable, and all reasonable people will be appalled and disgusted.
“This type of thing has no place in our community and I hope residents will come forward and report the culprits to the police.
“Otley has a proud record of community spirit and that spirit extends to everyone, irrespective of their race, religion and beliefs. So I hope this is an isolated incident.”