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Global Anti-Semitism:
Selected Incidents Around the World in 2007
On or about February 18, 2007, a Jewish memorial to the Holocaust was defaced and nearly 300 Jewish graves desecrated in Odessa in southern Ukraine. (Photo courtesy European Jewish Press).

Latvia

December 7, 2010 – Riga – Swastikas were spray-painted on more than 100 tombstones at the New Jewish Cemetery. At a news conference, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers said, "We absolutely condemn vandalism in Jewish cemeteries and call for everything to be done to find those responsible and repair the damage."



INCIDENTS BY COUNTRY
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Brazil
Canada
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Lithuania
New Zealand
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Slovakia
Ukraine

Argentina

May 12, 2007 – Buenos Aires – Anti-Semitic graffiti was painted on a wall in the largely Jewish neighborhood of Once. The graffiti resembled the Israeli flag and featured a swastika on top of a Star of David, with the words “Estado Fascista” (they are fascists) scrolled across the flag’s blue stripes.


Armenia

December 19, 2007 – Yerevan – A Holocaust memorial was vandalized with a swastika scrawled into the stone.


Australia

December 15, 2007 - Melbourne- A woman and her son were punched in the head while the assailants yelled anti-Semitic slurs at them.

September 12, 2007 - Cranbourne - On the first night of the Jewish New Year, vandals carved a large swastika into the green of a historic Jewish golf club in Cranbourne, a suburb of Melbourne.

August 18, 2007 - Melbourne – A 17-year-old yeshiva student was brutally assaulted by two men with baseball bats while walking home from a kosher restaurant in a Melbourne suburb. The men yelled "Jew, you deserve to die" as they beat him. The student sustained injuries to his torso, arms and shoulder. In a joint statement, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission condemned the attack as a “violent anti-Semitic attack which was perpetrated in the heart of the Jewish community.”

June 2, 2007 - Melbourne – An identifiably Jewish man was assaulted by a group of six youths on a train. The victim was hit over the head with a rolled-up newspaper and ridiculed for wearing a skullcap.


Austria

December 20, 2007 - Villach- A memorial erected to honor the local Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, handicapped people, forced laborers and others slain by the Nazis was vandalized.


Belarus

October 26, 2007 - Brest - A Holocaust memorial marking the Brest ghetto was smeared with black paint. Vandals also broke the murmur decoration and burned flowers. Police arrested suspects and the case was sent to court.

October 26, 2007 - Babruisk - Anti-Semitic graffiti depicting the Star of David on gallows and the words “Jews get away” were reported by residents of Babruisk.

May 9, 2007 – Brest – Vandals set fire to wreaths and flowers laid at the Holocaust memorial in the city center.

March 1, 2007 - Minsk - Vandals damaged a monument to the Jews from the German city of Bremen who died in the Minsk ghetto during World War II. Unidentified perpetrators broke off part of a metal tablet fixed on the granite monument, which is part of a larger Holocaust memorial.


Brazil

November 18, 2007 - Rio De Grande do Sul - A swastika and the phrase “Jews out” were painted on a student elections campaign poster at the Federal University of Rio de Grande do Sul. The poster supported the only slate that included Jewish candidates.

May 7, 2007 – Teresopolis – A synagogue and dozens of Jewish-owned houses were vandalized with swastikas in Teresopolis, north of Rio de Janeiro.


Canada

April 15, 2007 – Richmond, British Columbia – A synagogue in a suburb of Vancouver was defaced with swastikas and racial slurs.

April 3, 2007 - Montreal - The Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre was firebombed on the second night of Passover. The late-night blast blackened the sidewalk outside the building and frightened several employees inside, although no one was injured. No one has claimed responsibility. The Montreal police have no suspects and are not calling the fire a hate crime at this time.

March 15, 2007 - Toronto - A 20-year-old man was arrested after throwing an object at the Chabad of Midtown - Toronto community center, breaking a window. The man was reportedly wearing clothing and items believed to be representative of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. Police were treating the incident as a hate crime.


Czech Republic

July 27, 2007 – Pisek – A Jewish cemetery in Pisek, south of Prague, was desecrated. Vandals overturned 23 tombstones, and five were shattered. The historic 19th century cemetery is no longer used for burials. It was re-opened to the public in 1993 after renovations.

July 16, 2007 – Bohumin – Vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery by knocking over and destroying 25 gravestones. The cemetery had been renovated and reopened to the public only two weeks prior to the desecration. The municipality of Bohumin plans to increase security and has offered assistance to help repair the damage.

April 23, 2007 - Brno - Vandals sprayed Nazi and racist symbols throughout the city. The graffiti, including swastikas, SS symbols and the German phrase "Juden raus," appeared on a memorial to victims of World War II, storefront windows, roads and other locations.

April 1, 2007 – Krnov – Vandals destroyed the three oldest tombstones at the Jewish cemetery in the North Bohemian town of Krnov.

February 6, 2007 – Ceska Lipa – A memorial to the Jewish victims of a 1945 death march in the northern Czech town of Ceska Lipa was vandalized. Police reported that the memorial’s menorah, Stars of David, and a plaque with the victim's names were stolen.


France

August 9, 2007 - Noisy-le-Grand - A 23-year-old Jewish woman was attacked by two youths who beat her and shouted anti-Semitic remarks. They shouted “You dirty Jew” at the woman, who wore a Star of David pendant on her neck, before stealing her mobile phone and beating her. She suffered from multiple bruises on her face and the rest of her body. One of the alleged perpetrators has been arrested.

July 27, 2007 - Paris - A 23-year-old man wearing traditional Jewish Orthodox clothing was violently attacked while on his way to a synagogue with his brother-in-law and three year old son. The attacker, apparently irritated to see the child walking so slowly, began to hoot and shine his car’s lights as the three entered a pedestrian crossing. The victim gestured for the man to be quiet, signaling that pedestrians have the right of way. After shouting anti-Semitic insults, the attacker got out of his car and beat his victim with his hands and an iron bar. The Jewish man suffered a broken arm and injuries to his head. Police arrested the perpetrator who will be charged with “violence against a person because of his religion.”

April 26, 2007 - Marseille - A 22-year-old Jewish woman was attacked by two men of Middle Eastern appearance in the parking lot of a train station in Marseilles's La Rose neighborhood, home to both Arab immigrants and French Jews. As described to the Police, the incident began as a robbery before the assailants noticed their victim’s necklace, which bore a Jewish “chai” pendant. The attackers then began hitting her in the head, pulled out a knife, cut a lock of her hair, and slashed open her shirt. The men drew a swastika on her chest and fled the scene. The investigating prosecutor has confirmed that the attack was anti-Semitic in nature.

April 19, 2007 – Paris – A rabbi was insulted and beaten at a Paris train station. Before knocking and punching his victim in the face, the attacker reportedly shouted: “Dirty Jew, you are looking at me. I will smash your face, dirty Jew.” No arrests have been made.

April 1, 2007 – Lille – Vandals damaged more than fifty tombs in the Jewish section of a cemetery in Lille in northern France. The act of anti-Semitic vandalism was condemned by both President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who called on the Interior and Justice ministries to ensure that those responsible for the act were identified and convicted.


Germany

October 1, 2007 - Freudental - Unknown vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Freudental, near Heilbronn. Among other damages, the perpetrators toppled headstones, painted swastikas and forced a surrounding wall to collapse.

September 13, 2007 - Paderborn - A synagogue in the western German town of Paderborn was vandalized with swastikas and extremist slogans - which included the words "Germany to the Germans" - scrawled next to a swastika daubed in chocolate. The brown graffiti, a color symbolic of Nazi uniforms, was scrawled on an outside wall of the synagogue.

September 7, 2007 - Frankfurt - A rabbi was stabbed after his attacker shouted at him "I'll kill you, you (expletive) Jew." The rabbi was hospitalized. The police arrested a 22-year old man on suspicion of attempted manslaughter. Prosecutors said the suspect denies any anti-Semitic motive. The suspect, a Frankfurt-born German citizen whose parents come from Afghanistan, denies the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.

August 12, 2007 – Ihringen – More than 70 gravestones were knocked over in the Jewish cemetery in Ihringen in southwestern Germany. After police arrested four suspected right-wing extremists, three of the four, aged between 15 and 28, admitted to committing the vandalism. The cemetery was previously vandalized twice in the 1990s.

July 11, 2007 – Berlin – A Holocaust memorial at a Berlin train station was vandalized. Several candles near the train tracks were knocked over and an Israeli flag was burned. The memorial commemorates the more than 50,000 Jews who were deported from the site to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

May 20, 2007 – Berlin – A teenager beat a 16-year-old identifiably Jewish boy as he stepped off a train. Shortly before the incident, the assailant and a group of other youths had shouted anti-Semitic remarks at the victim.

May 4, 2007 - Soemmerda - Vandals defaced a Holocaust memorial in the eastern German town of Soemmerda with Swastikas. Thuringia state police said neo-Nazis had repeatedly attacked the monument, which commemorates the thousands of concentration camp victims killed on forced marches as well as the fate of Jewish women during World War II.

April 22, 2007 - Berlin - Vandals painted a large swastika on a memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial marks the site of a former synagogue and one of the places where Jews were gathered for deportation to concentration camps. A second swastika was found on a nearby memorial plaque.

February 25, 2007 – Diespeck – Vandals overturned 60 headstones in an historic 18th-century Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of the Bavarian village of Diespeck, near Nuremberg. As part of the attack, the perpetrators overturned 11 headstones at a war memorial dedicated to German soldiers of the Jewish faith who were killed in action in World War I.

February 25, 2007 – Berlin – Vandals defaced a Jewish kindergarten with Nazi symbols and slogans including "Sieg Heil" and "Auschwitz." A smoke bomb was thrown through a window ,but failed to ignite.


Lithuania

March 11, 2007 – Vilnius – Twelve tombstones in the new Jewish cemetery of Vilnius were smashed.


New Zealand

October 7, 2007 - Wellington - Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on six graves in the Jewish Karori Cemetery.


Poland

November 19, 2007 - Suwalki - A gravestone in the Jewish cemetery of the city of Suwalki in Eastern Poland was vandalized with a swastika.

September 4, 2007 - Kalisz - Several tombstones were desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in Kalisz in central Poland.

August 5, 2007 - Czestochowa- Vandals desecrated about 100 gravestones at one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Poland. The letters SS, swastikas, and the slogan “Jews Out” were painted on the gravestones with black spray paint. Police had not observed activity by anti-Semitic groups in the region for some time and are still investigating. The Jewish community characterized it as "one of the biggest acts of destruction in years" at the cemetery with 4,500 graves.

April 23, 2007 - Augustow - Vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Augustow in northeastern Poland. Swastikas were sprayed on five gravestones and a memorial plaque to Holocaust survivors was smashed.

March 5, 2007 - Swidwin - Vandals desecrated a small Jewish cemetery in western Poland, knocking over about half of the 20 grave markers and smashing many of them. It was the third time since 2003 that the cemetery has been attacked.


Portugal

September 25, 2007 - Lisbon - The cemetery of the Lisbon Jewish community was vandalized by a group of Portuguese youth belonging to an extreme-right movement. According to the local Jewish community, 17 tombstones were desecrated and marked with Nazi swastikas. Local police apprehended the alleged perpetrators as they were carrying out the attack.


Romania

April 15, 2007 - Bucharest - Dozens of graves and headstones at the Jewish cemetery (Cimitirul Mozaic) were vandalized. Some headstones were pulled down and some graves desecrated.


Russia

December 3, 2007 - Astrakhan - Vandals invaded a synagogue, smashing a window and shouting anti-Semitic slogans at the congregants inside.

October 3, 2007 - Moscow/Munich - A Russian passenger claiming to be a Cossack attacked a Jewish man on a flight from Moscow to Munich. The suspect reportedly got drunk and started insulting passengers he thought were Jewish. After vowing to “show those kikes,” the alleged perpetrator attacked another passenger, who subdued him. The man was later arrested and fined.

August 20, 2007 – Derbent – A Jewish cemetery in Derbent in the Russian Republic of Dagestan was vandalized. Police detained a suspect and opened an investigation.

July 12, 2007 – Moscow – Vandals painted swastikas and other offensive drawings on a fence in front of the Moscow office of the Jewish Agency.

June 11, 2007 - Ivanovo - Two Jewish men were attacked by skinheads in Ivanovo, a city northeast of Moscow. The perpetrators shouted anti-Semitic slogans and threatened and beat their victims, who were wearing traditional Jewish clothes. Police detained two suspects and found evidence linking them to a skinhead group. The regional prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case on charges of inciting to racial and religious hatred.

May 5, 2007 – Saratov – A homemade explosive device was set off on the windowsill of a synagogue in Saratov in the Volga region. Security guards were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and only minor damage was caused to the building.

April 5, 2007 – St. Petersburg – Vandals desecrated seven headstones in a Jewish cemetery with swastikas and extremist graffiti.

April 5, 2007 – Kaliningrad – A Holocaust Memorial in a Jewish cemetery was desecrated by vandals who painted swastikas and “kikes” on the monument.

March 18, 2007 – Voronezh – Vandals desecrated a synagogue in Southern Russia with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans.

Update: On May 8, Russian authorities charged a 20-year-old man with a hate crime in connection with the vandalism of the Voronezh synagogue. The suspect, who has past connections with right-wing hate groups, was charged with the additional hate crimes statute on top of vandalism after admitting to authorities that he painted a swastika on the synagogue.

March 6, 2007 – Voronezh – Twenty tombstones in a Jewish cemetery were overturned. Two suspects were arrested and have been charged in the attack.

Update: In this cemetery vandalism case, the two perpetrators were found guilty of "mockery of the bodies of the dead and their places of burial motivated by ethnic or religious hatred." In the July verdict the two perpetrators were sentenced to two years (suspended) and two years and one month in prison, respectively. Both were found guilty and the difference in their sentences was not explained in the report. Reports add that Russian courts rarely sentence cemetery vandals to real time in prison, and charging them with a hate crime was extremely rare.

March 2, 2007 – Vladivostok – Anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas were sprayed on the entry and outside walls of the main synagogue. The same synagogue was targeted by vandals in October 2006.


Slovakia

January 27, 2007 – Bratislava – Two Slovak men were arrested and charged with yelling Nazi slogans at the Bratislava rabbi and his son as they were leaving a synagogue. The perpetrators, who were reportedly drunk at the time of the assault, will face charges of promoting a hate group.


Ukraine

December 24-5, 2007 - Odessa- A group calling itself the “Orthodox Public Organization of Odessa” distributed anti-Semitic pamphlets at some Russian Orthodox Churches. The pamphlets, which called for pogroms and the murder of Jews, stated “Kill the Jews, save Russia.” More

September 28, 2007 - Sevastopol - The chief rabbi of Sevastopol was attacked on his way to Friday prayers and badly beaten by a group of assailants shouting anti-Semitic threats.

September 17, 2007 - Aleksandriya - Vandals painted swastikas and words "Death to the kikes" on a Holocaust memorial in Aleksandriya. The vandalism took place overnight and was the second such incident this year.

September 10, 2007 - Zaporojie - Vandals scrawled anti-Semitic messages, including “Jews, get out” and “Death to Jews,” on a Jewish school in the city of Zaporojie.

August 16, 2007 - Zhitomir - A young man desecrated a synagogue in the the Western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir. The perpetrator forced his way in during services and smashed a window inside the building before fleeing the scene. May 22, 2007 – Chernigov – Nineteen tombstones were toppled in the Jewish cemetery of Chernigov in eastern Ukraine. The incident took place overnight during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

April 12, 2007 - Chernovtsky - Vandals toppled about 70 tombstones in a historic Jewish cemetery in Chernovtsky in western Ukraine. Some tombstones were broken or destroyed.

February 18, 2007 - Odessa - A monument to Holocaust victims and scores of Jewish graves were vandalized in the Black Sea town of Odessa. Unknown vandals desecrated the monument, erected on a site where thousands of Jews were killed and burned by the Nazis, with red swastikas and the message, “Congratulations on the Holocaust." Swastikas were spray-painted on more than 200 graves in the Odessa Jewish cemetery.
Update: (March 7, 2007) Odessa police arrested and charged three men in their 20s who allegedly confessed to the crime.

January 8, 2007 – Kharkiv – The site of a former synagogue a memorial plaque commemorating Jews tortured to death by the Nazis in 1941 was vandalized with swastikas.

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