Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sends a letter to Liliana Segre: “Horrified by threats”
Over 80 tombstones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery dating back to 1807 in Randers, a Danish town in Jutland.
According to local newspaper Randers Amtsavis. The tombstones have been painted with green graffiti and some have been overturned. Police investigations are underway. “We have one of the oldest Jewish burial sites and will always cherish it,” said the mayor of the town Torben Hansen.
The desecration took place on the day that Israeli president Reuven Rivlin sent a letter today to Liliana Segre in which he said he was “horrified to have heard the news that anti-Semitic threats have made it necessary to receive protection to ensure his safety”.
“I deeply regret that the circumstances of my letter are so painful. There are no words to adequately express my horror and disgust that you should be exposed to such criminal behavior. As a survivor of the Holocaust you saw the terrible and tragic consequences of the anti-Semitism if not stopped “.
Rivlin then pointed out that the case of Liliana Segre “is just another terrible example of reality for Jews in Europe today. But I think the most appropriate response – he continued – is to continue doing what you believe”. “Equality, human rights, acceptance of the other and tolerance are – he concluded – key values of Judaism and universality, are the foundations on which our lives are based and without them we would be worthless people”.
And again: “It would be a great honor for me and for the State of Israel to welcome you to Jerusalem and Israel.” “Your personal mission, your strength and your courage are models for us in Israel and for Jewish communities around the world,” added the head of the Jewish state.