(JTA) — Polish police launched an investigation into the actions of two young women who struck what observers said were provocative poses while standing next to headstones in a Jewish cemetery.
The investigation, which was opened this week, follows a complaint by the international commemoration group From the Depths to the Polish state prosecutor regarding photos of the women that surfaced online. They are suspected of violating a Polish law against offending religious sentiment at a place of worship or holy site.
One undated picture shows an open-mouthed woman wearing a black leather coat while pressing her chest and one of her thighs to an ornate Jewish headstone. The other, dated in 2012, shows the other woman standing on a headstone while wearing a very short miniskirt and a belt emblazoned with the word “Jesus.”
According to Fakt, at least one of the pictures was taken at a Jewish cemetery near Kalisz in central Poland.
“We don’t believe this behavior was an attack or necessarily anti-Semitic, but it is symptomatic of disrespect and indifference to Jewish heritage sites in Poland,” said Jonny Daniels, founder of From the Depths. “Poland has thousands of Jewish cemeteries – possibly more than Jewish citizens. They will not be preserved unless the population treats them with respect. Today it’s a stupid picture, tomorrow it’s a stupid act of vandalism.”