Shalom Life | July 23, 2014

Jewish Cemetery Vandalized in Eastern France

Twenty-seven grave stones smashed, overturned or painted with swastikas.

By: Adena Lazowski

Published: July 22nd, 2010 in News » World

Jewish Cemetery Vandalized in Eastern France

A cemetery in eastern France was attacked by anti-Semites recently. Twenty-seven grave stones were smashed, overturned, or painted with swastikas. The time of the attack is not yet known.

Jewish graves often suffer vandalism in other areas of Europe, including Hungary, Romania, and Siberia.

Eastern France has previously been victim to anti-Semitic vandalism, including sporadic attacks where vandals leave gravestones overturned or painted with swastikas. One notable incident occurred in 2004.

During the same year, neo-Nazi graffiti was painted on a German monument in honour of Jewish women and concentration camp victims of World War II.

The last decade has been one of animosity for the Jewish population of France. Violence against Jewish schools, synagogues and cemeteries has coincided with violence in the Middle East.

Many of these attacks in France have been blamed on young Muslims.

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