“An Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Stamford Hill in London has been attacked and vandalized – not by anti-Semitic thugs, but by fellow Jews who regard its leaders’ outspoken condemnation of Israel as a betrayal.
“Rising tensions over the forced evictions by Israeli troops last month of Jewish settlers from Gaza and parts of the West Bank as part of the Middle East peace process has sparked a backlash among Stamford Hill’s Orthodox Jewish community.
“Windows at the synagogue in Alkham Road were smashed after bottles were hurled at them last Thursday evening and the front of the building was covered with red spray paint.
“The synagogue belongs to Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox sect opposed to the Zionist political movement that established the state of Israel as a national homeland for Jews.
“The sect claims that the concept of a sovereign Jewish state is contrary to the teachings of the Torah and has led to the bloodshed in the Middle East.
“In recent years it has staged the public burning of the Israeli flag on street corners in Stamford Hill.”