More Desecrations of Jewish Cemeteries, Bringing Total to 117 in Last 15 Years

June 16, 2005

Source: Independent

On June 16, 2005 The Independent reported, "Swastikas defaced the headstones of some of the 87 graves desecrated at West Ham cemetery in east London, where generations of Jews have been buried since the mid-19th century. Vandals wreaked a trail of destruction, smashing and kicking over headstones in an act which has shocked the Jewish community. The main target of the attack appeared to be a grand circular mausoleum, built in the 19th century by the Rothschilds, one of Britain's most prominent Jewish families. It is the latest in a rising number of racially motivated attacks on Jewish cemeteries across Britain. This was the 117th Jewish cemetery desecrated in Britain since 1990 and the third to be discovered in a week... The desecration is part of a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, including violent attacks on children and orthodox Jews. There were 532 anti-Semitic incidents last year, the highest since records began 20 years ago. Earlier this week, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance said it was 'concerned at the considerable and steady increase of anti-Semitic incidents in the United Kingdom.'"