Eure: investigations opened after the attack on a Jewish schoolboy and soiled graves

Eure: investigations opened after the attack on a Jewish schoolboy and soiled graves
Eure: investigations opened after the attack on a Jewish schoolboy and soiled graves

Judicial investigations were opened after the discovery on Wednesday of four “defiled” Jewish graves in Évreux, the day after the attack on a Jewish schoolboy, the Eure prefecture announced.

On Wednesday, “four graves of deceased people of the Jewish faith were soiled and degraded at the Madeleine cemetery in Évreux,” the prefecture said in a press release. Questioned by AFP, the public prosecutor of Évreux, Rémi Coutin, explained that “black paint was applied to the stars of David present on the graves as well as to the names of the deceased”.

The day before, “a 15-year-old schoolboy was physically attacked and insulted by two individuals, shouting ‘dirty Jew’ in Eure”, according to the prefecture’s press release.

The teenager was “attacked in front of his college in Nonancourt (north-west of Dreux) by two other college students who hit him. He was given a four-day incapacity for work. This violence would have been followed by insults of an anti-Semitic nature, notably “dirty Jew”,” said the magistrate, specifying that “there is no link between the two cases”.

“Anyone who harms our compatriots of the Jewish faith undermines the Republic and the fundamental base of our values. The prefect of Eure condemns in the most extreme firmness these anti-Semitic acts, as cowardly as they are infamous,” the prefecture said, indicating that “reinforced security measures have already been taken.”

Concerning the damage to the graves, “a flagrant investigation was opened for aggravated damage and entrusted to the Évreux police”, indicated Rémi Coutin.

In the case of the attack on the schoolboy, a flagrant investigation was opened for “aggravated violence because it was committed in a meeting, in front of a school and with anti-Semitic motivation”, added the prosecutor.

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