Graves Desecrated at Argentinian Jewish Cemetery

Dozens of tombs were broken and monuments uprooted in an attack on a Jewish cemetery in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Cynthia Blank ,

Swastikas on Jewish cemetery (illustration)
Swastikas on Jewish cemetery (illustration)

Dozens of tombs were desecrated or destroyed over the weekend at a Jewish cemetery in Argentina. 

Gravestones were broken, monuments uprooted, and photos scattered at the cemetery located in the Argentinian city of Santiago del Estero, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of capital city Buenos Aires. 

Members of the South American country's Jewish community are denouncing in full force the desecration of the graves. 

Hernan Krizcautzky, the president of the delegation of Israeli Argentine associations in the city of Santiago del Estero, said Monday that the damage done to the tombs was more than just an act of vandalism, but rather an act of "unprecedented scorn." 

Police say they are investigating the incident.

Argentina, with its 181,500 Jews, holds the largest Jewish population in Latin America, and the seventh largest in the world. Most of Argentina's Jews live in Buenos Aires, Cordova, and Rosario. 

Jewish cemeteries in the country have been vandalized quite a few times in the past. Anti-Semitic incidents have also been on the rise

About a month ago in Buenos Aires, vandals sprayed graffiti on a monument in a Jewish area, calling on “Patriots” to “Kill Jews.” Meanwhile, in the city of Cordova, vandals drew a swastika on the wall outside the home of a local rabbi.

Community officials said at the time that there were several such incidents each week, and Jews were becoming increasingly concerned over the security situation in the country.

Vandalizing Jewish cemeteries has become something of a world-wide phenomenon. In the past two months, there have been reports of such desecration at the Jewish cemetery in Trondheim, a northern town in Norway, and at the Jewish section of a communal cemetery in Hertfordshire, UK, to name a few.