Published Monday, 21 July 2014
Belfast's Synagogue was attacked twice at the weekend. (© UTV)
A window was smashed by a number of people at the place of worship on Somerton Road sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.
The window was replaced, but it was smashed again at some point on Saturday afternoon or evening.
Gerry Kelly, Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast, has condemned the attacks.
"There can be no place for attacks on any place of worship, regardless of the religion or denomination.
"The local Jewish community makes a valuable contribution to our society and there is no justification for hate crimes."
Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt said: "This smashing of windows at the Synagogue on Somerton Road should be condemned by all, it is totally unacceptable that any place of worship should be targeted.
"The Jewish community have been valuable members of our society for many years. We offered refuge during the Second World War to many fleeing the Holocaust and it is abhorrent that the Synagogue has been the target of this hate crime."
The DUP's North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said: "This is a disgraceful and despicable action. Those who have such hatred in their hearts to carry out this attack must be condemned.
"The Jewish community are a long established part of Belfast and have a rich history in the City. I trust the police will be able to apprehend those responsible for this latest act of hatred."
Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister said that everyone has the right to celebrate their religion in peace and without fear of intimidation or threat.
"This right does not stop in North Belfast and it is extremely disappointing that this attack has taken place.
"No place of worship should ever fall victim to this type of thuggish behaviour. Those behind this despicable incident have done nothing but unite the North Belfast community as people from all backgrounds join in condemning this unfounded attack."
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
© UTV News