Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Istanbul’s Jewish cemetery vandalised community

ISTANBUL: The local Jewish community said Friday vandals broke into a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul overnight and smashed dozens of gravestones, reports AFP.

It said in a post on Twitter that 36 gravestones were destroyed in the Haskoy cemetery, sharing pictures of the vandalism.

The matter has been conveyed to the relevant authorities with all the pictures and night recordings, and we expect the perpetrators of this vandalism to be caught as soon as possible, it added.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu took to Twitter to condemn the attack.

Two of the perpetrators were detained with the meticulous work of our Istanbul Police Department, the investigation continues, he said.

Those who try to disrupt our unity and solidarity with such provocative attacks will never be allowed to succeed, he added.

Turkey's Christian and Jewish cemeteries are regular targets of vandalism in the predominantly Muslim country.

In 2020, graves in an Armenian cemetery in the capital Ankara were desecrated.

Around 15,000 Jews live in Turkey today, with majority located in Istanbul, the country's largest city.