40 headstones at French Jewish cemetery found smashed, toppled
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40 headstones at French Jewish cemetery found smashed, toppled

Destruction at gravesite, no longer in use, discovered by passer-by; police say no indication act was a hate crime

A screenshot from the destruction in March 2017 at a Jewish cemetery in Waldwisse, France, where 40 of 50 headstone were found smashed or toppled. (Twitter via JTA)
A screenshot from the destruction in March 2017 at a Jewish cemetery in Waldwisse, France, where 40 of 50 headstone were found smashed or toppled. (Twitter via JTA)

Forty of the 50 headstones at an 18th-century Jewish cemetery in France were found smashed or toppled.

A passer-by noticed the vandalism earlier this week at the cemetery in Waldwisse, a village situated 215 miles east of Paris, the France3 television channel reported Thursday. The cemetery is no longer in use.

Police are investigating the attack, the second on the cemetery since 2014. Three young men perpetrated the previous attack and received suspended sentences.

Authorities told France3 that there was no indication yet that the act was a hate crime.

File: The Jewish cemetery in Waldwisse. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Dguendel/Wikipedia)
File: The Jewish cemetery in Waldwisse. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Dguendel/Wikipedia)

Separately, a monument commemorating the Holocaust in the Greek municipality of Kavala was smashed one year after its unveiling in memory of 1,484 locals who were murdered, the Ekathimerini daily reported. The perpetrators used a hammer to smash the marble façade, which is emblazoned with a Star of David, according to the report.

Police have no suspects in custody.

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