Artist and photographer Franck Allais apologized Wednesday after placing a “Beware of Jews” sign in the ultra-Orthodox London neighborhood of Stamford Hill.
The triangular sign featured the silhouette image of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man with a hat along with a red border in the style of a “hazard” warning sign, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report Wednesday.
Barry Bard, the supervisor of Stamford Hill’s Shomrim neighborhood watch, said the sign had caused “a lot of concern amongst local Jewish residents, especially as it is in such close proximity to a synagogue.”
The sign was first discovered Tuesday by Stamford Hill Shomrim, who reported it to police and local MPs, according to BBC.
Allais told the news organization he “completely regretted” his actions and denied that the sign was anti-Semitic.
“I take pictures around me of people crossing the road,” Allais, a Paris native who has lived in London for the past 16 years, said.
According to JTA, Allais had placed other signs in the neighborhood as well, including a woman pulling a shopping cart, a cat, and a man in a wheelchair.
The controversial “warning” sign Allais placed in Stamford Hill was perceived as anti-Semitic by Stephen Silverman, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s director of investigations and enforcement.
“This latest hateful incident shows the lengths to which anti-Semites are prepared to go to tell Jews that they are unwelcome in their own city,” Silverman said. “For many in the haredi Jewish community, this type of abuse and harassment is becoming a part of life. It has no place in a city that prides itself on its inclusivity.”