Culte Morbide Antisemetic Méprisable de Haine: Hundreds of Graves Desecrated at Jewish Cemetery in Eastern FrancePosted: February 16, 2015
Tombstones Upended and Broken at Cemetery in Sarre-Union
PARIS — Sam Schechner reports: As many as 300 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, officials said Sunday, the latest escalation in a wave of anti-Semitic violence in Europe.
“Everything will be done to make sure those responsible for the odious and barbaric act will be identified and punished. France is determined to fight relentlessly against anti-Semitism and those who would attack our values.”
— French President François Hollande
French officials are searching for an unknown number of assailants who upended or broke tombstones and headstones in roughly three quarters of the 400 graves at a historic Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union, a small town near France’s border with Germany, a person familiar with the inquiry said.
“Everything will be done to make sure those responsible for the odious and barbaric act will be identified and punished,” said French President François Hollande. “France is determined to fight relentlessly against anti-Semitism and those who would attack our values.”
The attack is the latest in a series across Europe that has targeted Europe’s Jews, raising concerns over whether authorities are doing enough to stem a rise in anti-Semitism.
On Saturday, a gunman shot at a synagogue in Copenhagen, killing one guard, after having attacked an event where participants were discussion freedom of speech and Islam.
Anxiety is particularly high in France, home to one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. Last month, an armed gunman took hostages in a kosher supermarket outside Paris, killing four, as part of a broader terror spree that claimed 17 lives….(read more)
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