France anti-Semitism: Jewish graves defaced with Nazi swastikas

Source: BBC

Desecrated gravestones in Westhoffen, eastern France

More than 100 graves at a Jewish cemetery in France have been defaced with Nazi swastikas in the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic attacks.

Vandals spray-painted the gravestones in the eastern town of Westhoffen, near Strasbourg, days after another incident in a nearby village.

In response, President Emmanuel Macron said France would fight anti-Semitism “until our dead can sleep in peace”.

France is home to a Jewish community of about 550,000 – the biggest in Europe.

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

“Those who attack them, even in their graves, are not worthy of the idea we have of France,” he said.

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

Chief Rabbi Haïm Korsia said he was “outraged and horrified to learn of the desecration of yet another cemetery in Alsace”.

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