Jewish cemetery in Norway vandalized
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Jewish cemetery in Norway vandalized

President of Oslo’s Jewish community says ‘Jew’ is a commonly used as a curse word in Norwegian schools

A prewar synagogue in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo credit: CC BY Trondheim Byarkiv, Flickr.com)
A prewar synagogue in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo credit: CC BY Trondheim Byarkiv, Flickr.com)

A Jewish cemetery in the north of Norway was desecrated, local media said.

The incident was discovered on October 25 at the Jewish cemetery of Trondheim, the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten reported.

Several tombstones were vandalized with purple paint and the words “Der Furher,” a reference to Adolf Hitler, were painted on a nearby building.

Police are patrolling the area but have no suspects, Aftenposten reported.

Earlier this month, Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community of Oslo, expressed concern at the levels of anti-Semitism in Norway, which he said were higher than in neighboring countries.

The word “Jew,” he said, was one of the most common curse words in Norwegian schools.

A survey of secondary schools conducted by the City of Oslo revealed that one in three Jewish students was bullied at least once a month, Kohn said in an interview with Aftenposten.

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