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Jewish headstones smashed in Athens cemetery

Greek police investigating latest in a series of vandalizations of Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorials

A Jewish headstone found vandalized in the Jewish cemetery in Athens Greece on May 5, 2018 (Courtesy/KIS)
A Jewish headstone found vandalized in the Jewish cemetery in Athens Greece on May 5, 2018 (Courtesy/KIS)

Unknown assailants destroyed several Jewish headstones in a cemetery in a southwestern suburb of Athens, Greek police said Saturday, announcing they would launch an investigation.

“Marble grave headstones were damaged in the Jewish part of the Nikaia cemetery,” a police spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.

The head of the Central Board of  Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Minos Moissis, said he was “very angry” about the desecration, in a Facebook post that included pictures of two broken headstones.

Jewish graves and Holocaust memorials have been a recurring target of vandals in Greece, often by members of the far-right.

A Jewish headstone found vandalized in the Jewish cemetery in Athens Greece on May 5, 2018. (Courtesy/KIS)

The vandalism comes amid rising anti-Semitism in Europe, after a spate of recent incidents across the continent.

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