Hate attacks on home of rabbi

The Leicester Hebrew Congregation rabbi's house and car have been targeted by antisemitic vandals in three nocturnal attacks over the past three weeks.

Bricks twice shattered windows of Rabbi Shmuli Pink's shul-owned property, half-a-mile from the city centre synagogue. On another occasion, a brick was thrown through his car window.

Rabbi Pink said that although no one was injured, "this was not a pleasant experience. However, we are remaining strong."

The minister, who lives with his wife Rifki and their seven children, praised the efforts of the local police. "We are very happy with what the police are doing. They are responding excellently."

He has served the Midlands community for nearly 10 years.

Synagogue security officer Laurence Jacobs said the local community of around 400 enjoyed good relations with other faiths in the city.

"We have the support of the other faith communities, who are appalled at what has happened." Local police inspector Shane O'Neill said: "We are treating these incidents as religiously motivated due to the victim's position in the community and believe that the incidents are isolated.

"We are working closely with the victim, the community and other agencies to resolve these to everyone's satisfaction."

    Last updated: 2:41pm, May 26 2011