Tombstones vandalized in Romanian Jewish cemetery


( Some 10 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in the Romanian capital of Bucharest were vandalized April 23 as Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The vandalized Jewish tombstones in Bucharest, Romania. Credit: Aurel Vainer via Facebook.

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.

Posted on April 26, 2017 .