Teens arrested in vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Romania

Police in Romania arrested three teenagers accused of destroying ten headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The incident occurred over the weekend, police said in a statement on Monday about the arrests near the northern city of Reghin, located 200 miles north of Bucharest, the capital.

The suspects allegedly smashed the headstones and drew a swastika on two gates, though police said the swastikas may have been painted on the gates months ago, the Agepres news website reported.

On Monday, the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania, the country’s EJC affiliate, said it was “shocked by this new antisemitic act of vandalism.”

“We emphasise that such cases require serious investigation and stiff punishment, in accordance with the legal provisions in force, because lax treatment opens the door to more and more serious violations of democracy,” the federation’s president, Aurel Vainer, said in a statement.

“It is not a coincidence that this outrageous incident took place only a week after the national commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Romania.”

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