Jewish Cemetery Near Strasbourg Defaced With anti-Semitic Graffiti

This is the fourth such incident in the region in the past two months

Jewish tombstones are desecrated with swastikas in the Herrlisheim Jewish cemetery, north of Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Jean-Francois Badias,AP

Several tombstones were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France.

According to CRIF, the representative organization of France’s Jewish community, the graffiti was discovered on Tuesday in Herrlisheim, a northern suburb. The unidentified perpetrators wrote “CRIF = ZOG” and the digits 88 on the tombstones; ZOG stands for “Zionist occupation government,” and the number is code for Heil Hitler.

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The incident in Herrlisheim is the fourth time in two months that graffiti featuring far-right anti-Semitic rhetoric has been discovered in the Alsace region of France. In two of the previous incidents, Jewish mayors were the target of the graffiti.

Later on Tuesday, a suspected terrorist opened fire at the Strasbourg Christmas market, killing three people and injuring 12. According to French police, the suspect may have fled into Germany.

Separately, the Paris 13 university launched disciplinary action against eight students in connection with anti-Semitic bullying, according to a classmate’s complaints. The complainant, a medical student identified in the French media only as Rose, said her classmates made Holocaust jokes to her and ranked her and other Jews according to their level of affiliation with Judaism. The alleged abuse happened both online and face to face, she said.

The students being investigated may be expelled, according to a Monday report in Le Parisien.