Two antisemitic incidents in one week in Southern Finland

Two antisemitic incidents were recorded in Finland within a week.

In the first incident, a Jewish cemetery in the of Hamina, near the Russian border, was vandalised. The perpetrators are ‎believed to be neo-Nazis.

In the second incident, a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin was defaced with a Star of David and the words “Jewish mass ‎murderer.” ‎The statue is located in the nearby of Kotka.

It appears for now that the two incidents ‎are not connected.

A senior member of the Finnish Jewish community said that “Finland is now like other ‎places. In recent months, there has been a rise in antisemitic incidents, in which Jews are blamed for ‎the coronavirus pandemic”. ‎
This is notable in online discourse and also in the stickers distributed throughout Helsinki by the ‎Nordic Resistance Movement.”

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