Vandals scrawled swastikas and “SS” initials on 88 Jewish tombs in eastern France, an anti-Semitic attack that President Jacques Chirac on Saturday called “intolerable.”
The inscriptions were discovered Saturday in the Jewish cemetery in Brumath, 10 miles north of Strasbourg near the French-German border, authorities said.
Chirac condemned “this intolerable act with the greatest firmness,” his office said in a statement.
The French leader also asked that the government “take all the measures necessary without delay to find, arrest and bring to justice the authors of this odious act.”
The government says the number of anti-Semitic acts appears to have rebounded this year, with 166 counted in the first nine months of 2004, compared with 127 for all of last year. In 2002, the Interior Ministry counted 195 such acts.
Or not. From Germany:
Several thousand demonstrators forced a group of 300 neo-Nazis to abandon the planned route of their march through the eastern city of Potsdam on Saturday, police said.
Some of the about 4,000 demonstrators used burning trash cans as barricades or threw stones and other objects, forcing police to use water cannons to keep the two sides apart.
Four officers were injured, according to police.
The march in Potsdam was organized by Christian Worch, one of Germany’s most visible neo-Nazis.
In Leinefelde, another eastern city, members of the German People’s Union and the National Democratic Party â€” parties both known for their nationalist and anti-immigrant stance who have agreed to join forces in upcoming national elections â€” were met by about 150 protesters who held placards reading “Nazis, get out.” There were no serious incidents, police said.
My view: rising and having an increasing impact on relations with U.S. and Israel, votes in the piece-o-crap UN, and the war against the Islamist bastards.