- Attack at Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union in Alsace on German border
- Gravestones kicked over or had Nazi swastikas daubed on them in red
- France’s interior minister condemns the ‘odious act against tolerance’
- Gun attack on Denmark synagogue left Jewish man dead at weekend
Hundreds of Jewish graves have been desecrated in a ‘heinous anti-Semitic attack’ in France.
The country’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack happened at the main Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union, in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace, on the German border.
Up to 400 gravestones were vandalised by being kicked over, or had Nazi swastikas daubed on them in red paint.
Mr Cazeneuve said: ‘This was an odious act against religious freedom and tolerance. France will not tolerate this latest attack which harms the values all French people share.’
The incident follows the murder of four Jewish people by a Kalashnikov wielding terrorist following a siege in a Paris Kosher store last month.
Mr Cazeneuve said ‘everything will be done to establish the identity of the perpetrators’ of the Sarre-Union attack ‘so as to bring them to justice’.
Manuel Valls, France’s Prime Minister, joined in condemning the ‘vile anti-Semitic act’, and also pledged that the criminals responsible would be brought to justice.
Many of the Jews buried in Sarre-Union were linked with the Second World War Holocaust, when some 76,000 French Jews were entrained to their deaths in German concentration camps.
Philippe Richert, UMP President of the Alsace Regional Council, said it ‘was too early to say’ who might be responsible for the Sarre-Union attack, but confirmed that police were ‘flooding the area’.
The Paris attack in January was part of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine atrocities, in which a total of 20 died, including the three terrorists responsible.
All were radical Islamists furious at Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, but they also made clear that they wanted to kill Jews.
Linked with Al Qaeda and Islamic State, they said they wanted to take ‘revenge’ for Israel’s war against Arab neighbours in the Middle East – particularly Palestinians.
The Paris attacks led to security being stepped up at synagogue and other Jewish sites across France.
Three soldiers were attacked by a knife-wielding thug linked with Islamic terrorism in the Riviera city of Nice earlier this month too.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has said the situation is now so bad that European Jews should immigrate to Israel.
source: Mail Online