Headstones smashed at Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine and Romania

Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized in two separate incidents in Romania and Ukraine.

The Center for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Romania-MCA reported about the incident in the town of Ploesti, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Bucharest.

Multiple headstones, some from as recently as 2009, were knocked over. Several were smashed.

In both incidents, police were informed of the damage. There are no suspects in either case.
In 2012, the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental body that is not part of the European Union, adopted a nonbinding resolution placing responsibility for the care of Jewish cemeteries on national governments. The resolution was based in part on a report that said Jewish cemeteries are “probably” more vulnerable than other cemeteries.

In addition to frequent vandalism, including for antisemitic reasons, at Jewish cemeteries, the report also noted instances of cemeteries in Eastern Europe that have been turned into “residential areas, public gardens, leisure parks, army grounds and storage sites; some have been turned into lakes.”

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