Nazi swastikas, anti-Semitic symbols painted on over 100 Jewish graves in France
Over 100 Jewish graves in France have been defaced by Nazi swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols, according to authorities.
The graves were spray-painted in the Jewish cemetery of Westhoffen, a town about 30 km from Strasbourg, in what is the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic attacks across the country.
Officials said that 107 graves were spray-painted with swastikas as well as the number “14” — a popular hate symbol used by white supremacists.
The discovery followed a previous incident on the same day in which the nearby village of Schafhouse-sur-Zorn was found to have hate tags in its town hall.
France’s interior minister, Christophe Castaner, arrived at Westhoffen Wednesday to condemn the desecrations, as well as to announce the creation of a national anti-hate crime office.
“I want to say to those who think they can come here in the middle of the night and tarnish the memory of those who are buried here, tarnish the memory of our French republic … I want to tell them that we will not leave them alone and our means will be mobilized to follow up and act on this,” Castaner said, according to CNN.
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