3 denominations come together to paint swastikas in Argentinian Jewish cemetery


After the discovery of Nazi graffiti in a Jewish cemetery in Argentina last week, the local Jewish community wanted to do more than just repaint it.

So, on Friday, the local Jewish community in Sante Fe, a province about 300 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, called representatives of other religious groups for an interfaith ceremony to remove the painted swastikas in the cemetery. , one in the area dedicated to the memory of Victims of the Holocaust.

The ceremony included evangelical Christians, Catholics and Muslims as well as representatives from a multitude of local groups, and it was broadcast online. A video showed several people brushing painted swastikas close to the ground, followed by a series of comments from representatives of different groups.

“These are acts of hatred and cannot go unpunished,” Horacio Roitman, representative in Santa Fe for the Argentine Jewish group DAIA, told the UNOSantafe newspaper ahead of the event, organized by the Santa Fe Interfaith Initiative. of what happened is due to all of society. “

The vandalism at the Santa Fe Jewish cemetery comes after a series of incidents at the country’s largest Jewish cemetery, in Buenos Aires. In this case, no Nazi or anti-Semitic symbols were found and Jewish leaders denounced a lack of security.

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