80 percent of the headstones in an 18th-century French Jewish cemetery were smashed this week by unidentified vandals.
40 out of the cemetery’s 50 headstones were toppled, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency. This is the second time the cemetery, located in the village of Waldwisse, has been vandalized since 2014.
The incident is eerily similar to the vandalism last month of two Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Between 75 and 100 tombstones were vandalized in Philadelphia’s Mount Carmel cemetery, while over 100 were damaged or toppled at the Chesed Shel Emes cemetery in St. Louis.
A Holocaust monument in the Greek municipality of Kavala was also smashed this month on the one-year anniversary of its unveiling. According to a report by the Greek daily Ekathimerini, the marble monument, which featured a Star of David, was smashed with a hammer. The perpetrators are still at large.
“Every act of vandalism on a monument opens a new wound in regards to the history and culture of Kavala, a community that has always been open, always tolerant and respectful of other cultures and religions,” the municipal authority stated.http://jpupdates.com/2017/03/31/80-percent-of-headstones-in-french-jewish-cemetery-vandalized/