Buenos Aires Jewish cemetery defaced


BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Red swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were painted on the walls of an ancient Buenos Aires Jewish cemetery.

The Jewish community is alarmed by Tuesday’s attack, AMIA Jewish Central institution General Secretary Julio Schlosser told JTA. The attack occurred on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Employees of the Liniers Cemetery reported the vandalism early Tuesday morning.

Schlosser, who visited the cemetery to see the vandalism, said the graffiti was about 3 feet high. He said a lateral wall of the cemetery was painted with crossed-out Stars of David, and graffiti on the front walls and pillars included swastikas and “gross words.”

In addition to filing a criminal complaint, AMIA demanded a meeting with the province Justice Ministry.

The cemetery, which has been attacked before, is located in the west Buenos Aires city outskirts. Opened in 1910, it was the first AMIA cemetery for Jews from Buenos Aires and its environs.

AMIA has three other cemeteries in Argentina.

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