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February 3, 2023

Embassy of Israel expresses “grief and indignation” over destruction of monuments in Jewish Cemetery

Israel’s Embassy to Romania expresses its grief and indignation over the destruction of monuments from the Jewish Cemetery in Bucharest.

“The Embassy of the State of Israel expresses its grief and indignation against the brutal anti-Semitic act aimed at destroying the funerary monuments of the Jewish Cemetery in Bucharest, which occurred exactly on the commemoration day of the six million victims of the Holocaust,” reads a press release of the diplomatic mission submitted to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

According to the source, the Israel’s Ambassador in Bucharest, Tamar Samash, “trusts that the Romanian authorities will take firm measures to bring to justice those who destroyed the 10 Jewish tombs and to discourage such acts of vandalism and anti-Semitism in the future.”

Police of the competent local precinct identified three minors aged between 13 and 16, who are suspected of having committed the grave desecration by destroying several funerary monuments in the cemetery.

According to a release of the Bucharest City General Police Directorate, the local police was notified on Monday by a person who had noticed that several tomb monuments in the cemetery of his community had been damaged.

Investigation led to the three minors who – police determined – some 10 days ago had escalated the cemetery fence and, with no specific motivation, out of sheer show-offishness, pulled at and toppled the tomb stones.


Premier firmly condemns vandalism at Bucharest Jewish Cemetery


Premier Sorin Grindeanu vehemently condemned on Tuesday the act of vandalism at the Bucharest Sector 4 Jewish Cemetery, where several graves were damaged, and asked the Interior Minister to identify and sanction the perpetrators.

“I condemn with all firmness the grave vandalism produced early this week at the largest Jewish Cemetery in Bucharest. It is not a coincidence that 10 funerary monuments were destroyed exactly on the day when the Jewish community worldwide was commemorating the death of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. I asked the Minister of Interior to identify and sanction the guilty. Such acts of vandalism and anti-Semitism are unacceptable,” Grindeanu wrote on Facebook.


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