National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang has asked the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) to investigate the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti in Montego Bay, St. James.
A news release from Dr. Chang said CTOC has also been asked to identify those involved and determine if there is any threat.
When RJR News contacted Dr. Chang Tuesday night, he said the incidents were cause for concern especially with the increase in Jewish travellers to Jamaica.
“There’s a Rabbi in Montego Bay and they have opened a Kosher centre because there is an increasing number of Jewish tourists coming to Jamaica. Just yesterday, there was a gathering of about 500 in Ocho Rios and they had another group in Montego Bay. Whenever signs of this nature appear it gets very sensitive and we need to understand the source of it.”
He said the sign was seen on a construction wall in Montego Bay.
“Given the number of mentally disturbed persons in the city, the wall is a prime spot for graffiti - this graffiti was directed at the community and was of concern. We painted it out and there hasn’t been a reappearance. The Rabbi called my attention to it and we will address the issue,” the National Security Minister said.