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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Anti-Semitism Report

Riverdale, NY: Graffiti painted on a kosher restaurant that reads "November 17" will be removed today by a group led by Amcha. November 17 is a Greek terrorist organization responsible for the murder of American citizens. The symbol was one of three recent incidents in the last two days in Riverdale, NY, home to many Jews and Holocaust survivors.

A swastika was painted on the side of a building at the corner of 236th and Riverdale Avenue yesterday morning, accompanied by the "November 17" logo. The logo was also painted on a store front on Johnson Avenue. These incidents follow comments made by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis in which, referring to Jews, he said: "We can say today that this small people is at the root of evil, not of good."

Marseille, France: Vandals desecrated tombs at a Jewish cemetery in southern France, carving swastikas and other Nazi symbols into the headstones, officials said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin condemned the attack in Marseille as a "hateful manifestation of anti-Semitism."

Seven tombs at the Trois-Lucs cemetery were covered with graffiti or damaged by pelted rocks, said Alain Marc, an official at the regional prefecture.

French President Jacques Chirac promised a tough crackdown on anti-Semitism after an arson attack on a Jewish school outside Paris this month. There were no injuries, but the building was gutted.

Paris: On Tuesday, the Paris office of the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism said it received a letter containing a bullet and a note reading "Jews get out, the next (bullet) won't come through the mail."

The group, which filed a judicial complaint, said it has received threatening letters for months, some containing razor blades.