The defaced graves in Strasbourg
Illustrative: Defaced graves in Strasbourg, France, December 2019
Photo: AFP
The damaged Jewish graves at the Belfast City Cemetery in Northern Ireland

UK vandals target Jewish graves at Belfast cemetery

Police launch hate crime investigation, review CCTV footage and urge public to help with any info on incident; incident draws stark condemnations from Northern Ireland's politicians

i24NEWS |
Published: 04.18.21 , 18:09
Vandals targeted 10 Jewish graves at the Belfast City Cemetery in Northern Ireland, local media reported over the weekend.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Images circulating on social media capture overturned and damaged headstones at graves located within the Jewish plot.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    The damaged Jewish graves at the Belfast City Cemetery in Northern Ireland
    The damaged Jewish graves at the Belfast City Cemetery in Northern Ireland
    The damaged Jewish graves at the Belfast City Cemetery in Northern Ireland
    (Photo: Facebook)
    Police have opened a hate crime probe into the incident, reviewing CCTV footage and asking the public for help with any information on the matter.
    According to local reports, the incident, which has drawn stark condemnations from Northern Ireland's politicians, is estimated to have happened late on Thursday.
    William Humphrey, a politician with the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, was cited by Belfast Live as saying that a similar incident took place in 2016, with about 13 graves damaged.
    Vandals often pick Jewish graves for anti-Semitic attacks with similar incidents recorded every now and then in other European countries.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    The defaced graves in Strasbourg
    The defaced graves in Strasbourg
    Illustrative: Defaced graves in Strasbourg, France, December 2019
    (Photo: AFP)
    In November 2020, criminals defaced and damaged dozens of graves at a Jewish cemetery in Moldova, with another four graves vandalized in Hungary at the same time.
    Before that, in October, several Jewish cemeteries and a Holocaust memorial were targeted by vandals in Greece days after a court handed jail terms to local neo-Nazi leaders.
    Talkbacks for this article 0