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Friday, July 16, 2004

Attack on Jewish graves in New Zeland

Cemetery dates back to the 1880s
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Vandals have smashed headstones and gouged swastikas and Nazi slogans in a Jewish cemetery in New Zealand, a day after Wellington froze ties with Israel  . . . .
 
Vandals attacked 16 graves in the Jewish part of a cemetery in Wellington that dates to the 1880s, a day after Uriel Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara were jailed for six months for trying to obtain fraudulently a New Zealand passport by assuming the identity of a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy victim.

"Someone's used some sort of stick or tool to gouge swastikas into the grass around the graves. Words like 'Sieg Heil' have been scratched into the footpath," a city council spokesman said.
Oh, and get this . . . "New Zealand has small Jewish communities but no history of anti-Semitic behaviour, with only occasional acts of vandalism of Jewish buildings." 
 
That's  like, "no racial hatred, just occasional cross-burnings on the lawns of Black folks."  No biggie, right?