Police must deal with anti-Semitic comments made in Londonderry - Campbell

13 November 2019

East Londonderry Westminster candidate Gregory Campbell is calling on the Police to detail what actions they are taking about anti-Semitic comments made to a journalist while visiting Londonderry.

Gregory Campbell

DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office

Gregory Campbell

Mr Campbell had written to the police about the matter and they have indicated that they have "reopened the investigation".

Commenting Mr Campbell said,

“Seven months have now passed since anti-Semitic comments were made to the playwright, author and journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, while he was filming in Londonderry. The comments were abhorrent, as a patron of a local licensed premise cited on camera that Hitler “should have killed more Jews”.

This incident was deeply worrying and was widely circulated across the world at the time. Anti-Semitism cannot be allowed to foster in any area.  Londonderry is booming with visitors, the City must not be linked to such atrocious comments being made to international journalists. Since his visit, Tuvia Tenenbom has said that he has never witnessed “so much hatred for the Jews”.

Given the length of time which has now elapsed since the incident, which caused widespread revulsion at the time it was broadcast, it is important that we know what actions the Police have taken since.

I have written to the District Commander to ask if anyone has been interviewed under hate crime legislation or if a file has been prepared and forwarded to the DPP? As a result of the grossly offensive comments contained in the broadcast it is imperative that these incidents aren’t overlooked. The response I received from the Police is that they have now “reopened the investigation”. It is imperative that action is not just taken but seen to be taken, by wider society."

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