Fires have been set on the Jewish space of Vienna’s Central Cemetery which was additionally vandalised with swastikas and Hitler graffiti on Wednesday in the newest outburst of antisemitism in Europe.
The President of the Jewish Community of Vienna Oskar Deutsch revealed on Wednesday that the Jewish part of Austria’s most famed cemetery was targetted by antisemitic thugs, who set fireplace to the vestibule of the Jewish ceremonial corridor in the cemetery, the Kurier newspaper reported.
The exterior partitions of the constructing have been scrawled with crimson graffiti, together with an outline of the Nazi swastika image in addition to the identify of Austrian-born “Hitler”.
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the course of the incident, though there was vital injury to the property. The constructing was quickly closed by the authorities on Wednesday, nevertheless, graves may nonetheless be visited.
The cemetery, which is among the largest in the world and the burial website for a lot of historic figures, together with Ludwig van Beethoven, introduced a vigil on Thursday to “take a stand against anti-Semitism and misanthropy. For an end to the attacks on Israel, Judaism and democracy, for the liberation of all hostages.”
In response to the incident, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer mentioned: “I strongly condemn the attack on the Jewish cemetery in Vienna. Anti-Semitism has no place in our society and will be fought with all political and constitutional means. I hope the perpetrators will be identified quickly.”
The Rabbi for the Jewish Community of Vienna, Schlomo Hofmeister mentioned: “The desecration of Jewish cemeteries is one of the most cowardly and disgusting forms of anti-Semitic violence.”
“The arsonists left behind beer bottles and swastikas. I hope we don’t hear anyone using the words ‘rascals’, ‘isolated case’ or ‘Halloween’ to ‘explain’ anything here.”
The assault on the Jewish cemetery comes amid a wider marketing campaign of antisemitic acts of intimidation throughout Europe, together with in neighbouring Germany the place a Jewish synagogue was firebombed with Molotov cocktails final month and houses of Jewish individuals have been branded with the Star of David, harkening again to the Nazi period in the nation.
Antisemitic acts have additionally been on the rise in Britain and in France, the place simply this week some sixty Stars of David have been stencilled on the partitions of the 14th arrondissement of Paris.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, there have been practically 800 antisemitic incidents all through the nation for the reason that Hamas terror assaults towards Israel on October seventh.
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