The Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum was shocked and appalled by the attack on graves of members of the Jewish Community in Belfast City Cemetery. Thirteen graves were desecrated when eight youths knocked over and smashed headstones with hammers. They even tried to break into where the bodies are laid to rest. The incident is reported to have happened in broad daylight at 3pm in the afternoon.
People of all faiths and beliefs share the view that a person's final resting place should be treated with respect. It is deeply disturbing that graves are desecrated in this way but it is particularly worrying that the offenders specifically targeted the graves in the Jewish section of the graveyard.
Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum
5th September 2016