Monday, June 13, 2016

UK: Belfast memorial to Zionist Irishman damaged in hate crime

Via Irish News:
A MURAL of an Irishman who advocated the creation of an Israeli state has been damaged in an attack which is being treated as a hate crime by police.

Police said that at around 1.30am on Thursday, two containers were set alight close to the memorial to Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson at the junction of Beverley Street and Northumberland Street, off the Shankill Road.

Born in 1867 in Westmeath, to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother, Mr Patterson joined the British Army and gained notoriety for shooting man-eating lions responsible for killing construction workers building a railway between Kenya and Uganda.

In the First World War, he commanded a volunteer force known as the Jewish Legion and later became a committed supporter of the creation of a Jewish state.

Mr Patterson became a close friend of Benzion Netanyahu, the father of the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin, during campaigning for Israel in New York.

A large star of David is written on the memorial with words from Mr Netanyahu: "In all of Jewish history we have never had a Christian friend as understanding and devoted."

Mr Netanyahu has previously described the Irishman as the "godfather of the Israeli army".
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