Daily Israel Report

43 Jewish Graves Desecrated in Vienna

Austrian authorities investigating the desecration of 43 graves in two Jewish sections of Vienna’s main cemetery.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 6/30/2012, 12:05 AM

Anti-Semitic Graffiti (illustration)
Anti-Semitic Graffiti (illustration)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Austrian authorities are investigating the desecration of 43 graves in two Jewish sections of Vienna’s main cemetery, The Associated Press reported.

A police statement on Friday said that tomb stones and slabs were found toppled or damaged at the Austrian capital’s Central Cemetery. The statement added the vandals did not deface the graves with graffiti.

The head of the Vienna Jewish community, Oskar Deutsch, told AP he is confident that police will find the culprits.

Anti-Semitic acts have been on the rise in Europe recently. Three weeks ago, a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in the city of Rivne in western Ukraine.

Vandals broke street lights and desecrated a plaque in the memory of 17,500 Ukrainian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The broken street lights were laid on the ground and arranged to spell out insulting phrases.

Earlier this month, three men were arrested in France for attacking an 18-year-old Jewish man in a suburb outside Paris. The three shouted anti-Semitic slurs at the man and stole his phone.

Following the incident French Interior Minister Manuel Valls met with local Jewish leaders and condemned the attack. He told them France “will not tolerate anti-Semitic attacks.”

In April, members of the Jewish community in Geneva, Switzerland, woke up to discover that anti-Semitic symbols had been sprayed overnight on a monument to Holocaust victims who had lived in the city.

A similar incident occurred in March when a Holocaust memorial was vandalized in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

A recent report has shown that there has been an increase in the number of recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Switzerland.

The report by the CICAD, a Geneva-based organization that coordinates the fight against anti-Semitism and defamation, shows that the number of anti-Semitic acts increased by 28 percent in 2011, totaling 130 cases, as opposed to 104 the previous year.

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