France anti-Semitism: Jewish graves defaced with Nazi swastikas

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French President Emmanuel Macron stated “Jews are and make France”


Greater than 100 graves at a Jewish cemetery in France have been defaced with Nazi swastikas within the newest in a wave of anti-Semitic assaults.

Vandals spray-painted the gravestones within the jap city of Westhoffen, close to Strasbourg, days after one other incident in a close-by village.


In response, President Emmanuel Macron stated France would battle anti-Semitism “till our lifeless can sleep in peace”.

France is residence to a Jewish neighborhood of about 550,000 – the largest in Europe.

“Jews are and make France,” Mr Macron stated in a tweet on Tuesday night.

“Those that assault them, even of their graves, should not worthy of the thought now we have of France,” he stated.

France’s north-eastern Alsace area, on the border with Germany, has been marked by a collection of anti-Semitic acts in current months.

Chief Rabbi Haïm Korsia stated he was “outraged and horrified to study of the desecration of one more cemetery in Alsace”.

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Dozens of gravestones in Westhoffen have been daubed with swastikas and different anti-Semitic slogans

In addition to swastikas, the quantity 14 was used, a slogan linked to a white supremacist slogan.

The prefect of the Bas-Rhin area, Jean-Luc Marx, visited the positioning to specific his help for the Jewish neighborhood.

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The prefect of the Bas-Rhin area, Jean-Luc Marx, visited the positioning to supply his help

The Westhoffen cemetery homes about 700 graves, together with these of a number of relations of former Prime Minister Léon Blum, France’s first Jewish chief earlier than and shortly after World Warfare Two.

Inside Minister Christophe Castaner, on a go to to the cemetery on Wednesday, stated the assault was “an expression of pure hatred” and introduced the creation of police taskforce towards hate.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed “revolt and disgust on the anti-Semitic inscriptions in two communes of Bas-Rhin”, including: “The perpetrators of those acts should be discovered and punished.”

Final week, anti-Semitic tags have been daubed on the partitions of the city corridor in Rohr, not removed from Westhoffen. Jewish officers stated one of many slogans within the assault on Rohr appeared to seek advice from the Jewish cemetery at Westhoffen.

One other city corridor was attacked within the Bas-Rhin space in April, whereas in February, Nazi symbols and anti-Semitic slogans have been spray-painted on greater than 90 graves within the Alsace village of Quatzenheim.

One tombstone was defaced with the phrases “Elsässischen Schwarzen Wolfe” (“Black Alsatian Wolves”), the title of a militant far-right group energetic within the 1970s and 1980s.

France has seen an increase in anti-Semitic assaults in recent times, from Islamists in addition to the far proper.

On Tuesday evening, France’s Nationwide Meeting handed a draft decision that features hatred of Israel for example of anti-Semitism.

The definition, by the Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, has already been adopted by the European Parliament and a number of other different nations.

A variety of MPs from President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling celebration voted towards the decision.

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Media captionFrench President Macron visited a website of desecrated Jewish graves in February