Council removes offensive posters
Posters instructing women on which side of the road to walk appeared in the London borough of Hackney.
According to this report, the signs were spotted along Stamford Hill in Hackney this week.
The Shomrim group, whose Jewish volunteers support policing in the area, said they were put up by an orthodox Jewish group during the Torah Procession earlier this week, in order to prevent men and women from the religious sect who are not married or related “from touching”.
Chaim Hochhauser, from the Stamford Hill Shomrim group, said it had contacted the organisers to inform them the posters “lacked explanation”.
He said the posters were aimed at people from the the Orthodox Jewish community who were attending the street event.
Shomrim have since contacted the event organisers, and explained that these posters lacked explanation in the English text, and therefore could have offended people who don’t understand the Hebrew wording and the logo.
Stamford Hill is home to over 20,000 Haredi Jews, the third largest group.
Rosemary Sales, a councillor for Stamford Hill West, described the posters as “unacceptable” and said they had been taken down.
Several residents in my ward in Stamford Hill have drawn these posters to my attention. It is of course quite unacceptable to try to restrict women’s movements in a public place and council officers removed these posters as soon as it was reported to them.
Hackney Police Superintendent Andy Walker said he had spoken to the organisers about the “potential misinterpretation” of the signs.
Hat tip: Frits and BarrieJohn