Nearly a hundred Jewish graves desecrated in Strasbourg

by Avi Abelow

The month of February saw continued acts of antisemitism taking place across the globe, including close to one hundred Jewish graves desecrated with swastika signs in Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg also witnessed another antisemitic hate crime with a holocaust memorial vandalized. At Cornell University, nine swastikas were found in a span of three days. In Brooklyn, a Jewish center was ransacked. This is only the tip of the iceberg.


The Mayor of Strasbourg spoke out after the Holocaust memorial marking the site of Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue, destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, was vandalized.

“Once again, enough is enough,”  Mayor Roland Ries wrote on Facebook.

Visiting the site, Mayor Ries said that evidence pointed to the act being a “new case of anti-Semitism. I am very worried about this resurgence of anti-Semitism,” he said, according to local news site DNA.

French officials have also spoken out against an uptick in anti-Semitic acts around the country, some of it connected to the yellow vest protests.

The toppled memorial, Reis said, was itself “a response to such repulsive acts, simultaneously symbolizing the actions and horrors of the Nazi regime and the French people’s power of resistance,” he said.

Interestingly enough, the Holocaust memorial is dedicated to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, Ries noted.

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