Antisemitic abuse in Aberystwyth

13 Aug 2009 by CST

Cambrian News reports on the abuse of Jewish visitors to Aberystwyth:

A JEWISH visitor to Aberystwyth was subjected to disgusting ‘Heil Hitler’ chants by a group of youths in the town centre. There have also been reports of scraps of paper with swastikas on them littering the road near the Pentre Jane Morgan student village where hundreds of Hassidic Jews spend their summer holidays every year. The victim was walking near Store 21 at the Rheidol Retail Park at about 6pm on Wednesday 5 August when he was subjected to the race-hate chants. Pc Pat Jalloal, community safety officer, said: “This type of disgraceful race-hate crime is to be abhorred and will not be tolerated. We want to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, or knows the identity of any of the youths responsible.” An Aberystwyth man has also reported that the road between Aberystwyth and Clarach has been littered with scraps of paper with swastikas printed on them. John Evans, who spotted them, thinks they were intended to offend the Jewish tourists. He said: “There were small pieces of paper by the side of the road. They’re about four inches by four inches and I saw about five or six. It seems it has coincided with the week that the Jewish people are here. I know some of them are staying at the holiday park at Clarach. It seems like they’ve been mass-produced. It doesn’t seem to be keeping a warm welcome in the hillsides.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc 791 Jones at Aberystwyth police station (tel 101).

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