UK police charge man over series of anti-Muslim incidents in London

British police charge a man with multiple counts of racially aggravated criminal damage, after a series of anti-Muslim incidents last October and November at the office that serves Palestinian interests as well as mosques and businesses in the capital.

Police say Jonathan Katan was arrested last November after red paint was thrown or sprayed at a number of different locations on 11 occasions between October 16 and November 18.

Katan, 61, from Ealing in west London, is charged with 11 counts of racially aggravated criminal damage, and two other offenses relating to hate crime, the Metropolitan Police says in a statement. He is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

“This [case] demonstrates how seriously we take allegations of hate crime against any of our communities,” Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson says in the statement.

There has also been a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain since the start of Israel’s war in Gaza following the October 7 massacre by the Islamist Palestinian terror group Hamas.

Earlier this week, two men appeared in court facing charges of having planned to attack and kill members of the Jewish community and others with automatic weapons in the northwest of the country.

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