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Four gravestones smashed at Jewish cemetery in South Africa

Third incident of vandalised Jewish headstones in South Africa in the last week causes concern in the local community

Smashed gravestone, as shared by the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies on Facebook
Smashed gravestone, as shared by the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies on Facebook

Four headstones were knocked over and smashed at a Jewish cemetery in suburban Cape Town.

It was the third incident of vandalised Jewish gravestones in South Africa in the last week, The Times South Africa reported.

In the latest episode, the vandalised headstones were discovered in Strand over the weekend.

Stuart Diamond, head of the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies, told the newspaper that the vandalism is not believed to have been an antisemitic act.

“I am concerned about antisocial behaviour becoming pervasive in our cemeteries, which we want to keep sacred. But I do not believe that this was a deliberately antisemitic act,” he said.

A police report was filed in the latest incident.

Israel Hayom reported Sunday that police fear the recent violence at the Jewish cemeteries is “the work of an active neo-Nazi cell.”

“These incidents, unfortunately, spread like wildfire and have become a global trend, and these are very serious incidents that must be stopped immediately before they kill Jews,” the deputy chairman of the World Zionist Organisation, Yaakov Hagoel, said in a statement, Israel Hayom reported.

“The South African police must stop these attackers, and it is the South African government’s responsibility to act accordingly against such incidents. If this is indeed the actions of a neo-Nazi cell, we must put an end to it, the sooner the better”

In December, 39 gravestones were vandalised in the Jewish cemetery in Wellington, near Cape Town, in an antisemitic attack.

The Cape SAJBD is aware of damage to four Jewish graves at the Strand Cemetery. Vandals who were sleeping in the…

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies‎‏ ב- יום ראשון, 23 ביוני 2019

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