Hyde Town Hall subject of ceasefire graffiti attack

HYDE Town Hall has been left with graffiti sprayed across its front door in an apparent attack related to the conflict involving Israel and Palestine.

The building, on Market Street, was left with ‘ceasefire’ daubed on it most exposed side.

A Palestinian flag and a photo of children opponents of Israel’s actions claim were murdered were also left posted on the morning of Wednesday, January 3.

The Town Hall also houses the office of the town’s MP, Jonathan Reynolds, who abstained in a recent Parliamentary vote on calling for a ceasefire.

And The Correspondent understands the graffiti caught staff members by surprise.

Feelings against scenes in Gaza are growing and a peaceful protest outside the office of Angela Rayner MP in Ashton-under-Lyne is planned for Friday, January 5.

The Correspondent has approached both Tameside Council and Jonathan Reynolds’ office for a comment on this graffiti attack.

Mr Reynolds said: “The Labour Party wants an end to the violence in Israel and Gaza.

“For that to happen, we have said Hamas must release all the remaining hostages, end all attacks on Israel and have no role in the future governance of Gaza.

“Israel then must end its bombing campaign, allow a humanitarian surge into Gaza and end settler violence and displacement in the West Bank.

“This is what people should protest in favour of, but graffitiing an historic building in Hyde will not make any positive contribution towards this.

“And, of course, if people want to tell me their own view on the Middle East all they need to do is email or write to me.”

Speaking after the Parliamentary vote, which saw many Labour MPs defy leader Sir Keir Starmer, Mr Reynolds made his reasoning clear.

He also warned incidents like the one on the doorstep of his office do no-one any good.

He said at the time: “Recent events in the Israel and Gaza are devastating for everyone and I understand the strength of feeling we all have as the violence has unfolded.

“In the vote, I backed Labour’s amendment, which reflects our concerns about the lack of hostage release, the insufficient aid and utilities getting in, the scale of civilian casualties in Gaza and the increasing violence on the West Bank.

“I am particularly sad about the number of children dead or missing, both Israeli and Palestinian. Their suffering and that of their families is unimaginable.
“The reason I believe voting for humanitarian pauses is better than voting for a ceasefire is that, firstly, there is the prospect of them happening whereas with a ceasefire there is not.

“Secondly, a humanitarian pause would mean the violence stopped to get aid in but it would not freeze the conflict and leave Hamas in continued control of Gaza.

“This is important as they have stated very clearly they would repeat the events of October 7 if they could.

“I have visited Palestine and Israel several times in my years as an MP and continue to be deeply engaged in all meaningful routes to long-term peace based around a two-state solution.

“In these tense times I do appeal for empathy and respect towards all communities locally and across the UK. No-one in the Middle East is helped by hate crime escalating elsewhere.”

A Tameside Council spokesperson said:

“The graffiti has now been cleaned and removed by our team from the doors at Hyde Town Hall.”

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