Hundreds of Jewish Graves Vandalized in Eastern France
Hundreds of graves at a Jewish cemetery in France’s Alsace region were vandalized on Sunday. (Deutsche Welle)
Hundreds of Jewish graves were vandalized in eastern France on Sunday.
YNet News reported:
Hundreds of graves have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, in what the interior minister called an “odious act” against religious freedom and tolerance.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that a special criminal investigation team is at the cemetery in Sarre-Union, near the German border, and authorities will do “everything” to pursue the vandals.
Meyer Habib, a French-Jewish parliamentarian, said “once again Jews are being targeted, yesterday it was Denmark, and today its graves in France. For the terrorist there is no difference between life and death – the important thing is harming Jews.”
Habib praised the French government for working to curb such instances, which he said “have united the nation” but notes that “these types of incidents are getting worse and more concerning. We fear for our children.”
French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that “France is determined to fight relentlessly against anti-Semitism and those who want to attack the nation’s values.”
Hollande visited the Danish Embassy in Paris on Sunday, and a crowd waving candles gathered to show solidarity with the victims of the Copenhagen attacks.