A Jewish cemetery in Argentina was vandalized over the weekend, shortly before the start of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

The Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) said the vandalism took place Saturday at the cemetery in La Tablada, a city in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

Part of the cemetery’s exterior wall was knocked down, a number of tombstones were damaged and bronze plaques on some of the graves were stolen, according to AMIA.

The head of AMIA condemned the vandalism and called on authorities to investigate, as did the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations (DAIA).

The incident also occurred less than 24 hours after AMIA received a letter from La Matanza government informing it that due to staff cuts, there would be reduced service providing police protection at the cemetery at night.

“From the [AMIA] institution we send our complaint to the highest authorities of the municipality and the Ministry of Security of Buenos Aires, so that what happened is investigated in depth and we demand that measures be immediately taken to ensure it will not happen again,” said Ariel Eichbaum, president of AMIA.

Argentina, home to some 180,000 Jews, has seen a number of instances of anti-Semitic violence in recent months and there is growing concern about the wave among Jewish leaders. In February, nine gravestones were vandalized in the Jewish cemetery of San Luis province.

Related Articles:

Norway refuses to boycott Israeli company on UN ‘blacklist’

The Norwegian government has decided to ignore the United Nations “blacklist” of companies operating in Israeli settlements and allow a tourism company that appears on the list to...

Sheffield Utd slammed after being only club not to sign IHRA definition on anti-Semitism

Yesterday, the Premier League adopted the IHRA definition on anti-Semitism in a bid to tackle Jew-hatred in football. Nineteen of the top clubs in what is the most popular...

Link between antisemitism and extremism highlighted in new report

Antisemitism can be a warning sign of extremism, a revealing new report by the Community Security Trust (CST) reveals.The Pathway to Terror briefing, which focuses on the recent...

Bahrain to label Judea and Samaria goods as “Made in Israel”, in contrast to EU’s anti-Israel stance

Bahrain will not distinguish between Israeli good made inside any part of Israel. Whether that be in Tel Aviv, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) or their capital Jerusalem. A...

UK: Two stabbed in apparent anti-Semitic attack at Burnley M&S

A 57-year-old Muslim man has been arrested after a stabbing attack in a Marks and Spencer store in the Lancashire town of Burnley. Two women sustained injuries in the attack during which...