(JNS.org) Some 10 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in the Romanian capital of Bucharest were vandalized April 23 as Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Aurel Vainer, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania, confirmed the vandalism in a post on his Facebook page, saying the incident was “a serious act of vandalism and anti-Semitism.”
“The aggravating circumstance that the violent destruction of the 10 funerary monuments occurred precisely on the day when Jewish people around the world commemorate the deaths of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust cannot be explained by a mere coincidence,” he said.
The Israeli Embassy in Romania also condemned the vandalism, expressing its “sorrow and revolt on the brutal anti-Semitic act aimed at destroying the funerary monuments in the Jewish cemetery in Bucharest.”
While Bucharest police identified three suspects in the vandalism, aged 13-16, no arrests have been made, the state news agency Agerpres reported.