Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hundreds of Jewish Graves Vandalized in France; Gravestones Daubed with Swastikas, Nazi Slogans

In another major incident of soaring anti-Semitism in France, hundreds of Jewish graves have been desecrated at a cemetery in the eastern part of the country -- near the border with Germany -- the BBC website reports today (February 15, 2015).

Images on social media showed the gravestones in Sarre-Union daubed with swastikas and Nazi slogans.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said every effort would be made to catch the perpetrators of an "ignoble and anti-Semitic act, an insult to memory."

Anti-Semitic attacks have risen sharply in France in recent years. For example, a Jewish kosher supermarket in Paris was one of the sites targeted by Islamist gunmen in a series of attacks last month that left 17 people dead.

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