This week has seen a spate of anti-Semitism across Europe with reports of anti-Semitic graffiti and desecration of Jewish cemeteries and memorials.
Italy: Antisemitic graffiti against Israeli ambassador
Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed at the Law Faculty in Teramo University during the visit of Israeli Ambassador Meir Gillon. The diplomat arrived to attend the opening of 2015 class at the School of Holocaust History and Didactics.
Czech Rep: Jewish Cemetery vandalised
Around 20 tombstones were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Šafov, a southern Czech town. Police are investigating the perpetrators, although it isn’t being treated as ‘anti-Semitic’.
Greece: Athens Jewish cemetery vandalised with swastikas and anti-Jewish graffiti.
Vandals sprayed expletives against Jews and a Nazi swastika on the cemetery walls of Athens’ main Jewish cemetery. They also placed a swastika and the German word “Raus,” meaning get out, along with the tag C-18 on the cemetery gate pillar.
C-18 refers to Combat 18 Hellas, a small neo-Nazi group operating in Greece. The group posted pictures on their website and claimed responsibility for what it called the “beautiful artistic intervention at the Jewish cemetery.”
Germany: Memorial vandalised
Memorial stones were stolen and vandalised in a street in Dresden, Germany. The memorial stones commemorate Jewish victims of the Nazi regime.
Austria: Swastikas in Jewish cemetery
Police say memorial plates and a wall in the Jewish cemetery in Hohenems, western Austria were sprayed with swastikas.
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