Danish police charge two men with vandalism over Jewish cemetery desecration

Some stones were overturned and others spattered with green paint last weekend


Two men in Denmark have been charged with vandalism after dozens of graves at a Jewish cemetery were desecrated with graffiti over the weekend.

Several headstones in the 200-year-old Østre graveyard in Randers, on the Danish mainland peninsula of Jutland, were discovered overturned on Saturday.

84 others were found defaced with green paint, although no specific words or symbols were discernible.

Danish police said a 27-year-old man from the city and another 38-year-old from nearby Hobro had been charged with “serious vandalism”.

Officials added it was their view that the motive of the attack had been to target “a particular population group on the basis of their religion”, and told Danish broadcaster DR that they were still appealing for witnesses.

The arrested men were due to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.

It was one of a number of antisemitic incidents in Denmark last weekend, the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Local reports said a Star of David had been pained onto the letterbox of a family in Silkeborg, a nearby city in Jutland.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the graveyard incident was “both an attack against Danish Jews and against all of us”.

“Our Jewish citizens must be respected and not live in fear,” she added, according to website.

The cemetery at Randers dates back to the early 19th century when the town was home to around 200 Jews.

Around 6,000 Jewish people live in Denmark today, most of them in Copenhagen.

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