Photo Credit: Maxime Cambreling / Wikimedia
Bayonne Jewish Cemetery in southwestern France, August 26 2015

Nearly a dozen gravestones were found smashed this past Sunday at a Jewish cemetery in southwest France.

The damage was discovered at the Jewish cemetery in Bayonne, created in the late 17th century and expanded periodically as needed. A plaque memorializing a girl who was deported during World War II was also smashed.

Advertisement



A nearby Catholic cemetery was left untouched.

The head of the Jewish community in Bayonne and Biarritz, Deborah Loupien-Suarest, told the AFP news agency that she discovered the damage when she went to visit the graves of her grandparents.

“There is no anti-Semitic graffiti,” Loupien-Suarest said. “I don’t want to inflame a debate. I want the investigation to take place calmly.”

An investigation has indeed been opened.

Advertisement

SHARE
Previous articleTrump Blasts The Three Stooges Of Jew-Hatred
Next articleNYPD to Include Hate Crimes in CompStat Reports
Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.