Letter: Grave desecrations

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Sir: It is clear that Linda Bellos hasn't the faintest idea of what goes on within the Jewish community (2 December). Her reference to the Board of Deputies refusing to acknowledge anti-Semitic desecrations has no basis in truth whatsoever.

It is the board that usually informs the press rather than seeking to hide the facts. But we do so only after consultation with, and with the agreement of, the cemetery owners and the relatives of those whose graves have been desecrated. Moreover, it is the board which compiles and publishes the annual official statistics of reported anti-Semitic incidents, based on community and police information.

Yours faithfully,


Chief Executive

The Board of Deputies

of British Jews

London, WC1