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Global Anti-Semitism:
Selected Incidents Around the World in 2005
On January 17, 2005 swastikas and other Nazi symbols were discovered on gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Aldershot, U.K. (AP photo/Max Nash)

INCIDENTS BY COUNTRY
Argentina
Australia
Belarus
Bolivia
Canada
Chile
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Russia
Serbia and Montenegro
Slovakia
Switzerland
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Argentina

August 17, 2005 – Belgrano – A Jewish teenager wearing a kippah was cornered and verbally attacked with anti-Semitic slurs by three skinheads. The perpetrators, three 16- and 17-year old males, were apprehended shortly afterwards.

January 31, 2005 – Buenos Aires – The home of a local Jewish artist, Mariana Schapiro, in the primarily Jewish neighborhood Villa Crespo was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. The artist’s front door was painted with the words “Here lives a Jewess. We don’t want her in this neighborhood".

January 29, 2005 – Ramos Mejia – Swastikas and references to the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were painted on the Ramos Mejia Jewish Center, in the western outskirts of Buenos Aires. The vandals left pamphlets denying the Holocaust at the site of the attack. The authorities detained, but later released, two suspects in the case. Jewish community leaders called for Argentina's anti-discrimination laws to be applied against the alleged perpetrators.

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Australia

April 20, 2005 -- Newcastle – A synagogue was spray-painted with swastikas and Holocaust references such as "Hitler was 'ere", "Jews must die" and "Six million more." Nine windows were smashed and eggs were thrown at the building. The attack took place in the eve of the anniversary of Hitler's birthday. Stickers advertising the extremist group White Pride Coalition Australia were found at the scene.

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Belarus

August 16, 2005 – Minsk -- Vandals attacked and defaced the Minsk memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This marks the third time that the memorial known as 'Yama' has been targeted.

May 3, 2005 – Mikashevich -- Vandals destroyed 20 gravestones in the Jewish cemetery of the Belarussian town of Mikashevich in the Brest region.

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Bolivia

July 1, 2005 – Cochobamba – Vandals inscribed swastikas and slogans like “Juden Raus” on the walls of the town’s Jewish cemetery. The city is home to 20 percent of Bolivia’s Jews, numbering 600.

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Canada

December 24, 2005 – Edmonton – Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray painted on the wall of Beth Shalom, Edmonton’s largest synagogue. Vandals painted a swastika and anti-Jewish slogans.

August 19, 2005 – Val Morin – Vandals broke into the synagogue of a Chasidic community's summer camp 40 miles northwest of Montreal and threw about 300 sacred books into toilets and a nearby lake. Police are investigating. The camp had been targeted before in incidents that included damaged property and swastikas drawn on buildings.

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Chile

Julyl 15, 2005 – Valparaíso -- Members of a neo-Nazi group vandalized the office of Chilean National Television the day after it aired a special exposé on the increasing phenomenon of neo-Nazi incidents in the country. The vandals scrawled swastikas and other anti-Semitic slogans as well as threats targeted at the station and the reporters involved in the production of the special.

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Czech Republic

April 12, 2005 – Hroznetin -- Vandals destroyed several tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Hroznetin, near Karlovy Vary.

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France

July 20, 2005 -- Paris -- A Jewish man was walking home from synagogue with his three children when the family was backed into a corner and verbally harassed by a group of men. Police were investigating the possibility that the assault was linked to an incident in Sarcelles the day before.

July 19, 2005 -- Sarcelles -- A young Jewish man was assaulted and then called a “dirty Jew” by an unidentified group of men.

July 14, 2005 -- Stains -- A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the entrance of a synagogue in Stains, near Paris. The attack coincided with other disturbances in the Paris area on July 14th, the French national holiday.

May 9, 2005 – Sarreguemines -- Vandals toppled and smashed dozens of tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France. About 64 of the Sarreguemines cemetery's 500 tombstones were damaged. After being arrested, two boys, 14 and 12 years old, admitted to toppling the tombstones “for fun.”

April 16, 2005 – Avignon -- A Jewish cemetery in Avignon, Southern France was vandalized. The Star of David that hung on a pillar at the cemetery's entrance was partially wrenched off and racist slogans were scrawled on the window of the information desk, among other damage discovered by a rabbi.

March 29, 2005 -- Paris – Two homemade bombs were thrown at a Jewish-owned pastry shop in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles. The explosion, in proximity to the local synagogue, caused little damage.

February 20, 2005 – Paris - Firefighters extinguished a blaze that lightly charred a wooden rail car at a memorial in the Paris suburb of Drancy, the site of a World War II transit camp used to transport most of the 76,000 Jews deported from France to Auschwitz. A handwritten note found at the site referred to the "Islamic group for Palestine" and carried the name "Bin Laden" on it next to an inverted swastika. French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin, while referring to both this attack and another recent attack in which vandals scrawled a dozen swastikas, the SS initials of Adolf Hitler's guard and the words "Get out!" on the outer walls of the Grand Mosque of Paris said the attacks were "completely unspeakable, completely ignominious."

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Germany

November 17, 2005 – Berlin -- The new memorial to Jewish Holocaust victims in Berlin was defaced with Stars of David painted on six of the 2,711 concrete panels. On the same day, Stars of David were also discovered on the German Parliament building, a bridge and a sidewalk nearby.

November 7, 2005 – Dessau -- Vandals defaced a memorial to Holocaust victims in Dessau in eastern Germany with neo-Nazi slogans. According to police, graffiti saying "60 years later and are we still guilty?? No!!!," was painted in big letters over a large section of the memorial, which includes abstract models of Zyklon B containers. It is believed that the attack was carried out in the run-up to November 9, the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

April 27, 2005 – Ebersburg -- Vandals desecrated the Jewish cemetery of the town of Ebersburg, near Fulda, by spraying swastikas and other Nazi symbols on gravestones. In addition to the fourteen defaced gravestones two more were toppled over. Police are investigating.

April 14, 2005 – Babenhausen -- Vandals overturned 13 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Babenhausen, a city south of Frankfurt. According to the police, the vandals, who appear to have climbed over a wall into the cemetery, caused an estimated $10,000 (U.S.) in damages.

March 9, 2005 – Berlin – A huge swastika was scraped out of snow on a frozen lake near the runway of Berlin’s Tegel Airport, making it visible to passengers on incoming planes. Authorities erased the Nazi symbol shortly after its discovery.

January 10, 2005 – Kehl – Thirteen Jewish graves were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. The gravestones were covered with swastikas and the words "Hitler lives" written on them, with candle holders taken from other graves. City prosecutors offered a reward for information leading to the capture of the vandals.

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Hungary

June 15, 2005 – Budapest -- Vandals knocked down some 130 tombstones and broke many of them at the Kozma Street Jewish cemetery in Budapest. Police and the Budapest Mayor's Office offered rewards totaling 1.5 million forint (about $7,300) for information leading to the identification of the perpetrators.

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Ireland

May 10, 2005 -- Dublin – Jewish communal properties were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti at five locations around the city in apparently coordinated attacks. In one of the attacks, a swastika was painted on the wall of the Irish Jewish Museum.

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Italy

January 27, 2005 - Rome - Hours after world leaders gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, anti-Semitic graffiti reading "60 years of lies, Juden Raus" (Jews Out) was spray-painted on the outside wall of a Catholic church in central Rome.

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Russia

October 7, 2005: –- St. Petersburg -- Two bricks were thrown at the windows of Shalom, a kosher restaurant. The bricks pierced posters attached to the windows, but failed to shatter the windows.

October 5, 2005 -- St. Petersburg -- As many as 70 tombstones were vandalized in the Jewish cemetery in St. Petersburg. Many of the tombs were overthrown, and the railings surrounding them removed.

June 30, 2005 -- Moscow -- Two men wearing gas masks sprayed an unidentified gas and yelled anti-Semitic slogans while vandalizing Moscow's only kosher supermarket. The incident, which took place during business hours, was reported to law enforcement. The store’s staff reportedly recognized the perpetrators.

May 25, 2005 - Kazan - Vandals spray-painted swastikas on 26 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, a predominantly Muslim Russian autonomous republic in the Volga region. Police described the incident as a hate crime and opened an investigation.

May 14, 2005 – Moscow - Vandals damaged 15 tombstones and left anti-Semitic graffiti on two graves in Vostryakovskoe cemetery, Moscow’s main Jewish burial ground. Prosecutors opened a criminal case, treating the incident as a hate crime.

May 10, 2005 – Moscow -- An arsonist destroyed the historic wooden synagogue of Malakhovka, near Moscow. Police arrested a man in connection with the attack.

March 8, 2005 – Samara – Two people climbed over a fence surrounding the Samara Synagogue and sprayed numerous anti-Semitic slogans on its side walls. The perpetrators also shattered the windows in an attempt to break into the prayer hall.

February 24, 2005 – Saltykovka – Swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans were painted on the walls of a synagogue/Yeshiva. Similar slogans had been previously painted on the walls of some local shops and government buildings.

January 14, 2005 – Moscow – Two rabbis were viciously attacked in two separate incidents. Rabbi Eliahu Fomiuk was beaten by six men with shaved heads in a pedestrian underpass near a synagogue on the Sabbath eve. Two hours later Rabbi Alexander Lakshin was attacked by a group of youths shouting derogatory Jewish names and chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Rabbi Lakshin, a U.S. citizen, was kicked in the back and hit on the head with a bottle. Russian prosecutors said they had detained three suspects.

January 1, 2005 – Saltykovka – A synagogue/Yeshiva was set afire, fully destroying the synagogue's terrace. Nobody was injured and the fire was extinguished before it could spread to the entire building. Jewish community leaders said the synagogue had received anti-Semitic threats prior to the arson attack.

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Serbia and Montenegro

March 22, 2005 – Belgrade – A wave of anti-Semitic graffiti appeared overnight throughout Belgrade. Anti-Semitic messages were spray-painted on the offices of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Humanitarian Law Centre, one day after the committee joined in a petition with other organizations to campaign against rising anti-Semitism. At the entrance to the Jewish cemetery in Belgrade, signs were left with the messages, "Resist the Zionist occupation" and "Jewish parasites, get out of Serbia." Predominantly Jewish streets were vandalized with similar anti-Semitic slogans.

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Slovakia

July 15, 2005 – Michalovce – The Jewish cemetery in Michalovce in eastern Slovakia was vandalized. Six gravestones were damaged, marking the third Jewish cemetery desecration in Slovakia in the past month. The same cemetery was desecrated in 2003.

July 9, 2005 – Rimavska Sobota – A recently-unveiled memorial to the Holocaust victims in southern Slovakia was vandalized with slogans such as “the Holocaust is a lie.” Simultaneously, five gravestones were destroyed in the city’s Jewish cemetery.

June 9, 2005 – Bratislava – Vandals desecrated the mausoleum of a prominent rabbi. Three glass boards of the monument for Rabbi Hatam Sofer were broken.

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Switzerland

May 12, 2005 – Vevey-Montreux -- Thirteen gravestones in the Jewish cemetery of Vevey-Montreux were vandalized and damaged. Police are investigating.

March 13, 2005 - Lugano - A synagogue and a Jewish-owned shop in the southern Swiss city of Lugano were gutted by fire after a fuel-bomb attack by unknown assailants. Police said the crimes were apparently connected. The assailants threw fuel bombs at the doors of both buildings and through a window of the synagogue, sparking a blaze that destroyed the synagogue's library. An unemployed Swiss man was arrested in connection with the attacks.

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Ukraine

September 11, 2005: – Kiev -- A Ukrainian rabbi and his teenage son were beaten by a group of skinheads during a beer festival in Kiev. Police arrested two people on charges of hooliganism, drawing sharp criticism from Ukraine’s Jewish community.

August 29, 2005 – Kiev -- Two Jewish students from Kiev’s main synagogue were stabbed and severely beaten by a group of skinheads. The yeshiva students, both in their 20s, were assaulted with broken glass bottles. Local police launched an investigation into the attack.

June 13, 2005 – Kiev -- A Jewish community center and a Reform Jewish Center were vandalized. Graffiti on the latter included a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans.

May 2, 2005 – Dnepropetrovsk -- A synagogue was vandalized with a swastika and the words “Death to the Kikes!” painted on the walls.

April 2, 2005 – Zhitomir -- Two young men assaulted a Ukrainian rabbi, his son and two other members of the Jewish community as they left a Passover seder. The rabbi was beaten and robbed, suffering minor injuries.

March 17, 2005 - Kiev – Vandals painted a large black swastika on the wall of the historic Brodsky Synagogue.



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United Kingdom

June 10, 2005 – London -- Vandals desecrated more than one hundred grave markers in a Jewish cemetery. Headstones were smashed, broken, pushed over, and piled on top of each other.

June 9, 2005 – Manchester -- More than 100 headstones were knocked over and smashed at a Jewish cemetery in Prestwich, Manchester.

January 17, 2005 – Aldershot - Swastikas and SS symbols were painted on 10 gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Aldershot. Another grave was daubed with ‘CO18’ — the mark of the far-right group Combat 18. Police were investigating whether there was a link between the incident and similar acts of desecration of the same cemetery in preceding months.

January 7, 2005 –Stamford Hill – Police were investigating a series of anti-Semitic attacks against clearly identifiable Jews. On January 5, a Jewish man was attacked in a restaurant on Oldhill Street by a man who made a Nazi salute; a 49-year-old was headbutted in Leweston Place; and a 21-year-old was knocked to the ground as a gang tried to steal his jacket. On January 7, two 18-year-old Jewish men were confronted by a gang in Stamford Hill; one was punched in the face, while the other escaped unharmed. Authorities said the attacks followed a pattern of assaults that left four other Jews injured the previous month.

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