Anti-Semitic Vandalism Targets Jewish Sites in Italy, Netherlands

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People wear skullcaps during a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.
People wear skullcaps during a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

A barbershop in Italy and Holocaust monuments in the Netherlands and France were targeted in separate incidents deemed anti-Semitic.

The perpetrators of the incident involving Gianni Errichiello’s barbershop in a northern suburb of Turin in northern Italy torched a car parked in front of the establishment on Marconi Square. They splashed red paint on the shuttered blinds of the barbershop of Errichiello, who is not Jewish. And they attached  a piece of printer paper on which was printed: “this shop belongs to a Jew,” Corriere de la Sera reported Tuesday.

Errichiello told the paper that he could think of no one who would want to threaten him. Police are investigating the incident, which occurred earlier this week late at night. The arsoned car does not belong to Errichiello, according to La Stampa.

Separately, in Paris, unidentified individuals removed a commemorative plaque that education ministry officials put up at the Ave Maria public elementary school for Jewish children who were deported from there and murdered during the Holocaust, Le Parisien last week reported.

The perpetrators did not damage any other object on the building’s façade, raising the suspicion that their action was an anti-Semitic incident. The Ave Maria school is located at the 4th District of Paris, or the Marais – the city’s historic Jewish quarter. The district’s mayor, Ariel Weil, who is Jewish, called the incident “shameful.”

On Sunday, unidentified individuals painted swastikas and other far-right symbols on a monument for Holocaust victims in the Midden-Groningen municipality, situated in the northeastern Netherlands, about 100 miles from the capital Amsterdam. City workers swiftly cleaned the black paint off the monument as police began investigating the incident, the RTV Noord broadcaster reported.

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