Residents told to take down their Mezuzot or pay for them to be removed
Cedarwood Court, Clapton Common, London – Jewish people in north London have been told to take down their Mezuzot or be billed for their removal.
Residents of Cedarwood Court, Clapton Common, near Stamford Hill, received letters from the managing agents this week saying hanging objects outside their homes was against the terms of their leases.
The letter specifically singled out the Mezuzah, the rolled-up scroll of parchment Jewish families customarily hang on their front doors.
“Unfortunately, this is against the terms of the lease and will need to be removed.”
The letter told residents that if they did not remove the items themselves, the agents would and “any charge incurred in performing these services will be applied to the offending leaseholder’s account”.
The letter was shared on Twitter by resident Ivana Bartoletti, who said she was “appalled”.
Appalled by letter from Warwick Estates threatening to vandalize my Jewish neighbours’ religious scrolls (Mezuzahs), and then charge them for it!
No tolerance of intolerance and discrimination in Hackney. pic.twitter.com/L8oILWhdTB
— Ivana Bartoletti (@IvanaBartoletti) November 25, 2018
Ms Bartoletti told the JC she had lived in the area for 10 years, adding: “The residents all get on well. I have never heard of a single resident objecting to Mezuzahs.”
Philip Glanville, Hackney’s elected mayor, said he would raise the matter with Warwick Estates on Monday, calling it “very insensitive and also distressing for the residents involved”.
Warwick Estates was not available for comment on Sunday as this story went live.
Thanks for raising this, and as discussed I will be raising it with the managing agents tomorrow. Clearly unacceptable, very insensitive and also distressing for the residents involved.— Mayor of Hackney (@mayorofhackney) November 25, 2018