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80 Gravestones Desecrated With Swastikas in Jewish Cemetery in France

80 Gravestones Desecrated With Swastikas in Jewish Cemetery in France

An estimated 80 graves were defaced with swastikas were discovered last Tuesday morning at a Jewish cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, eastern France.

The swastikas were spray-painted in blue on the Jewish graves, with one of the defaced graves also bearing the words “Elsassisches Schwarzen Wolfe” (Black Alsacian Wolves), a reference to a French neo-Nazi and separatist group that was active the 1970s.

Local authorities issued a statement condemning “in the strongest possible terms this awful anti-Semitic act and sends his complete support to the Jewish community which has been targeted again.”

French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit the cemetery on Tuesday, to inspect the damage. He will then return to Paris, to visit the Holocaust memorial. On Tuesday, Macron will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday at the 34th annual dinner of CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish organizations.

The discovery of the desecrated Jewish graves came on the same day thousands of French citizens in 50 cities are planning to march together to protest the rising wave of anti-Semitism in their country.

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog denounced the desecration of the graves, describing it as “another severe incident which underlines the antisemitism virus attacking Europe and threatening Jews in the streets,” adding “Governments, wake up.”

Minister of Aliyah and Integration Yoav Gallant called on Jews to immigrate to Israel in response to the vandalism of the cemetery and other recent antisemitic incidents.

He said that the desecration of the graves was a reminder of “dark days in the history of the Jewish people,” and “strongly condemned antisemitism in France.”

He noted that he visited the French Jewish community in Paris last week which he said was “under attack from antisemitism and assimilation,” and noted that “the State of Israel is a safe national house for Jews around the world.”

Meyer Habib, a Jewish member of France’s National Assembly, the French Parliament,  said recent events were “raising severe question marks over the future of Jews in France,” saying the spate of antisemitic incidents were unacceptable.

“It’s as if we have gone back 70 years in time, said Habib. “I am outraged! France needs to take a deep look at itself on every level of the French people,” saying that “haters of Jews are walking around freely and raising their heads without shame or fear.”

The discovery of the desecrated Jewish graves came on the same day thousands of French citizens in 50 cities are planning to march together to protest the rising wave of anti-Semitism in their country.

Reported by: The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Press

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