Man plastered anti-Semitic stickers on a Cambridge synagogue

Cambridge Magistrates' Court, where Kristian Omilian was tried.
Image credit: N Chadwick

A 12-month community order has been given to a man who stuck anti-Semitic stickers on a synagogue in Auckland Road, Cambridge.

Kristian Omilian, 30, was caught on CCTV in November 2016. On 9 February he pleaded guilty to a racially and religiously aggravated public order offence.

As well as being handed a restraining order, which prevents him from stepping within 100 yards of the synagogues in Thompsons Lane and Auckland Road, he must participate in up to 15 days of rehabilitation activity and do 120 hours’ unpaid work.

This also comes in the wake of other anti-Semitic incidents at the University and elsewhere within the last few months.

Earlier this month anti-Semitic leaflets were distributed around the Sidgwick Site. Swastikas had also been drawn on a map of Jesus Green and anti-Semitic posters were removed from around Christ’s College.

This prompted the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, to issue a statement condemning anti-Semitism.

“I strongly condemn the distribution of Holocaust denial leaflets across the University and elsewhere.”

It  has since become clear, however,  that there is a much wider problem, following a series of anti-Semitic incidents at Exeter University.

According to the student news website Exposé a swastika had been carved into a door in on-campus accommodation block Birks Grange. A “Rights for Whites” sign decorated with a Union Jack was also spotted on the door of a student room in Llewellyn Mews.

Following this, Exeter University released a statement.

“The investigation is ongoing and no conclusions have yet been drawn, but it appears, from initial inquiries, that this may have been an ill-judged, deeply offensive joke on the students’ part, parodying a sketch in a TV comedy show.

“The university believes any form of racist or discriminatory behaviour is unacceptable and the actions of those involved are in contrast to the vast majority of students, who help to build our tolerant and inclusive university community.”

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