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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Jewish cemetery desecrated in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Jewish cemetery in Germany was desecrated by suspected neo-Nazis who painted swastikas and anti-Jewish statements such as "You got what you deserved" on gravestones, police in the town of Beeskow said Thursday.

It was the latest in a long series of attacks on Jewish cemeteries and followed a similar act of vandalism at a cemetery in the central city of Kassel last weekend when 42 gravestones were painted with the Nazi greetings "Heil Hitler" and "Sieg Heil."

The desecrations also followed the arrests last month of several people with links to the far-right scene suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Jewish institution in Munich.

Police in Beeskow, a small town east of Berlin, said the vandals also painted "Crap on the 6 million lie," a reference to the 6 million Jews killed by Germany in the Holocaust, as well as "Jews keep out" and "Sieg Heil."
Google News has ZERO hits for Beeskow + "Jewish cemetery." Looking more simply for "jewish cemetery" I came across this, which may also be of interest to readers of this blog:

CNN.com mangles facts in Jerusalem feature by CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America:
CNN excludes issues crucial to understanding the status of Jerusalem. Instead, readers are presented a one-sided account that ignores key historical facts and de-emphasizes the centrality of Jerusalem in Judaism.

CAMERA has been in contact with CNN about the feature’s inaccuracies, omissions, and improper editorializing. Some sections were subsequently revised to enhance their accuracy, but numerous articles continue to misinform.

Also found this timely reminder - "The big lesson is not just the evil but the indifference" - in a moving story here.