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Austrian Synagogue Vandalised with Pro-Palestinian Graffiti

Vandals targetted a synagogue in Graz, Austria, spray-painting pro-Palestinian slogans on it and another Jewish community building.

According to Jewish locals, the attack took place at both the synagogue and the Jewish community hall, with the phrases “our language and our country are red lines” and “Palestine is free” being graffitied on the buildings.

The antisemitic attack is said to have taken place at around 11 pm on Tuesday, Austrian tabloid Kronen Zeitung reports. It is just the latest in a growing trend of antisemitism in the city, according to Elie Rosen, president of the Jewish community.

The Graz synagogue has only been open for around 20 years and was rebuilt after being destroyed on November 8th, 1938, by the Nazis during the infamous Kristallnacht when Nazi members set it, along with community offices and a ceremonial hall at a local cemetery, on fire.

The vandalism comes just months after a 16-year-old German in the process of converting to Judaism was assaulted on the streets of the city.

 

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