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French police officer finds swastikas, ‘dirty Jew’ daubed on his locker

Jewish community watchdog says fellow officer likely responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti

Illustrative -- A French police officer next to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Dec. 15, 2020 (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Illustrative -- A French police officer next to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Dec. 15, 2020 (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

JTA — A Jewish police officer in France found swastikas and the words “dirty Jew” scrawled on his locker at his police precinct.

The officer, who is part of an elite unit headquartered at the Vélizy-Villacoublay municipality southwest of Paris, discovered the text on Feb. 4, Le Parisien reported Wednesday.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, a Jewish community watchdog contacted by the officer about the incident, said the culprits is likely a fellow police officer.

The Jewish officer filed a police complaint and the incident is the subject of an internal probe.

Sammy Ghozlan, the founder of BNVCA and a former police commissioner, called the incident “extremely serious,” as it undermines the Jewish community’s trust in the police, he told Le Parisien.

“Police officers are entrusted with protecting citizens in the fight against all forms of racism and anti-Semitism,” he said.

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