Vandals paint graffiti on France’s Holocaust Memorial ahead of international commemorations of the Nazi slaughter of millions of Jews.
The Israeli Embassy in France tweets a photo of the pro-Uighur graffiti scrawled on a wall etched with the names of tens of thousands of French victims of the Holocaust. The embassy expresses “horror and anger” at the vandalism “on such a symbolic day.”
Paris police say the graffiti was discovered Wednesday morning, as ceremonies were being held or planned around the world to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 1945.
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The graffiti was quickly cleaned off.
While France sees persistent but scattered anti-Semitic vandalism or violence, the graffiti was not explicitly anti-Jewish. It included the message “Uighur Lives Matter” and appeared aimed at calling attention to China’s treatment of mostly Muslim Uighurs.
The Chinese government has detained an estimated 1 million or more members of ethnic Turkic minority groups in Xinjiang, holding them in internment camps and prisons where they are subjected to ideological discipline, forced to denounce their religion and language and physically abused. China has long suspected the Uighurs of harboring separatist tendencies.