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Denmark: 84 headstones vandalised at Jewish cemetery; Danish PM condemns anti-Semitic act


In a case of recent anti-Semitic attacks, vandals spray-painted and destroyed 84 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Denmark.

The ancient Jewish cemetery dates back to the early 19th century and is located in the central Danish city of Randers, which is home to a large Jewish community, Russia Today reported.

“More than 80 gravestones were daubed with green graffiti and some were overturned,” local police had said in a statement.

Footage from the scene showed the headstones smeared with green paint, while some of them are overturned. It was not immediately clear whether all of the damage was done by the vandals or if some of the graves had crumbled due to old age.

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The police don’t know exactly when the attack occurred, but it was reported on Saturday – on the anniversary of Kristallnacht pogrom.

Kristallnacht took place on November 9-10, 1938. The major Germany-wide coordinated attack by Nazi paramilitaries on the Jewish population resulted in over 100 deaths and numerous properties destroyed.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Sunday (local time) condemned the anti-semitic act of vandalising 80 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the country.

“Anti-Semitism and racism have no place in our society. And this weekend’s attack on a Jewish burial ground in Randers is both an attack on Danish Jews and all of us,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

Speaking to a local news channel, Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup expressed his wish to have a dialogue with the Jewish community about the incident and to invite a number of organizations to a “hate crime dialogue”.

(With ANI inputs)

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