Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg defaced with far-right antisemitic graffiti
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Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg defaced with far-right antisemitic graffiti

A number of tombstones daubed with antisemitic graffiti including “CRIF = ZOG” and the digits 88, which is code for Adolf Hitler

Headstone with a star if David at a cemetery (Thinkstock)
Headstone with a star if David at a cemetery (Thinkstock)

Several tombstones were defaced with antisemitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near the city of Strasbourg in eastern France.

The incident was discovered Tuesday in Herrlisheim, a northern suburb, the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities said in a statement. The unidentified perpetrators wrote “CRIF = ZOG” and the digits 88 on the tombstones. ZOG stands for “Zionist occupation government.” The number is code for Adolf Hitler.

The incident in Herrlisheim is the fourth time in two months that graffiti featuring far-right antisemitic rhetoric is discovered in sites linked to Jews in the eastern Alsace region. In two incidents, Jewish mayors were the target of the graffiti.

Also on Tuesday, Strasbourg saw one of its main avenues renamed for Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and former minister who died last year.

Later on Tuesday, three people were killed and 12 injured at a Christmas market in Strasbourg in a shooting attack by a Muslim radical, police said. The suspect, they said, may have fled into Germany.

Separately, the Paris 13 university initiated disciplinary action against eight students in connection with a classmate’s complaints in October about antisemitic bullying against her.

The complainant, a medical student identified in the French media only as Rose, said her classmates made Holocaust jokes about her and ranked her and other Jews according to their level of affiliation to Judaism. The alleged abuse happened online and face to face, she said.

The students being investigated may be expelled, according to a report Monday in Le Parisien.

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