More than 100 graves had been defaced with swastikas and different anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in France this week, in keeping with new studies.
The federal government’s regional authority informed Agence France-Presse it’s investigating injury to 107 graves at a Westhoffen cemetery, about 15 miles west of Strasbourg.
Vandals left the spray-painted image on many of the cemetery’s graves, Maurice Dahan, president of the Jewish consistory for the Bas-Rhin area, informed AFP.
“It’s a shock,” Dahan stated.
The quantity “14” was additionally used, a reference to a well-liked white supremacist slogan, in keeping with the BBC.
Simply hours earlier, about 12 miles away in the village of Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn, anti-Jewish inscriptions had been additionally found.
“Jews are and make France,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated in an announcement posted to Twitter, translated by the BBC. “Those that assault them, even in their graves, will not be worthy of the concept we now have of France. Anti-Semitism is a criminal offense and we are going to battle it, in Westhoffen as in every single place, till our useless can sleep in peace.”
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed “revolt and disgust” at the vandalism.
“The perpetrators of those acts should be discovered and punished,” he tweeted, in keeping with the BBC’s translation.
The Alsace area been the goal of quite a few anti-Semitic assaults over the previous yr — most notably a February incident in which 96 tombs at a Quatzenheim cemetery had been vandalized with swastikas and different anti-Jewish graffiti.
A French TV channel was pressured to chop quick a reside Fb broadcast in regards to the desecration due to an onslaught of anti-Semitic commentary.
With Submit wires