Pro-Hamas vandals attack building in Ireland containing plaque in honor of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog (video)By Mason White 2:31 PM August 14, 2014
|Plaque in honor of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A plaque in honor of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, was removed after the building came under repeated attacks.
The blue plaque marking the birthplace of Herzog in Belfast, Ireland, was removed this week.
Herzog, whose father served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland, was born in Belfast in 1918, and moved to Israel in 1935. Herzog went on to have a distinguished military, legal and political career in Israel, before serving as president from 1983 to 1993.
The plaque that was erected in 1998, was removed after the series of anti-Semitic attacks in the area caused concern for the safety of the residents.
“The attacks have included anti-Israeli graffiti on the building and items thrown at the site,” Brian Kingston, a local government official, said.
“Recently, some youths were arrested in the process of trying to remove the plate with an iron bar,” he added.
“Out of concern for staff and residents living in neighboring houses, the community group and the Ulster History Circle have decided it was best to remove the plaque,” he concluded.