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Jewish Cemetery Vandalized in Eastern Slovakia
CTK news agency, Prague, in English 0833 24 Jul 08
BBC Monitoring European

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK

Kosice, Eastern Slovakia/Bratislava, 24 July: An unknown perpetrator vandalized about twelve gravestones at the Jewish cemetery in Velka Ida, Eastern Slovakia, the police said today.

If convicted, the perpetrator may be sentenced up to two years in prison.

"He defaced the gravestones at twelve tombs. After pushing out the protective grating on the chapel he got inside where he also defaced a gravestone," Kosice police spokeswoman Jana Demjanovicova said.

Attacks of vandals on Jewish cemeteries are not unique in Slovakia. In April, the police caught three youths who defaced the well-known mausoleum of Rabbi Chasam Sofer in Bratislava.

Many attacks on Jewish cemeteries are perpetrated by neo-Nazis.

The Jewish community in Slovakia lists almost 700 cemeteries.

Vandals also deface non-Jewish cemeteries. Last month, graves of Catholic priests and monks in Pezinok, West Slovakia, were vandalized.

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