Board of Deputies vice President Marie van der Zyl has expressed her “outrage” at the attack on the older of the two Jewish cemeteries in Belfast on Friday.
She said: “We understand that 13 graves were damaged in this incident. In addition to damage to gravestones there were several attempts to enter the graves themselves.
“The Board of Deputies stands with the Belfast Jewish community in the face of such a revolting act of vandalism and disrespect which will cause much distress to families affected as well as to the wider community.
“We support the community’s efforts that Belfast City Council restore and secure the cemetery. We hope that those responsible are arrested swiftly and face the full consequences of their actions.”