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France: Jewish Graves Desecrated in Nice

Dozens of Jewish graves are desecrated in southern France. Interior Ministry, Muslim Council condemn vandals.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/25/2012, 12:16 AM

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More than 30 Jewish graves were desecrated in the city of Nice in southern France on the Sabbath, less than a week after a deadly attack on children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Memorial candles were ripped off the graves, as were Stars of David.

Only Jewish tombs were targeted.

Guards at the cemetery said that most of the damage was done on Friday night, but that some damage had been noticed as early as Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if the incident was connected to the Toulouse attack.

France’s Interior Ministry released a statement condemning the vandalism. “The Interior Ministry denounces desecration of graves and stresses the government’s commitment to battle against all forms of anti-Semitism,” the statement said.

The High Council of Muslims in Southern France condemned the incident as well.