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Jewish cemetery vandalized in Greece

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A Jewish cemetery in Greece was vandalized. Vandals used rags and gasoline to set fire to a tomb in the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki on May 13, according to reports.

Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti reading “Fire to the Jews” and “Juden raus” (Jews out) appeared on a number of tombstones, in the alleys and on the surrounding wall of the cemetery.

Following a phone call to police by an area resident, three young men were arrested as suspects.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent letters condemning the attack to two government ministers and issued a news release expressing Greek Jewry’s outrage at the attack. The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki sent a letter to local law enforcement authorities.

Over the past year, Greece has seen a surge in anti-Semitic attacks. — jta


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