Slovakia: 22 tombstones vandalized after a similar hate crime in another Jewish cemetery

Slovakia: 22 tombstones vandalized after a similar incident in another Jewish cemetery

Anti-Semitic vandals of unknown ethnicity have damaged some 22 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in northern Slovakia, the second such hate crime in the country this month.

The 22 tombstones were discovered vandalized on Monday at a Jewish cemetery in Rajec.

The anti-Semitic hate crime is currently under investigation by police.

On December 16, 59 gravestones were found knocked down and set on fire in the Jewish cemetery of Namestovo, a town in northern Slovakia near the Polish border.

“The Remember”, a Jewish group that works to preserve the site, said that 59 tombstones were knocked down and damaged at the cemetery in the northern town of Namestovo.

The cemetery that dates to the second half of the 18th century had been badly neglected for decades before The Remember group started its renovation in 2010.