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Vandals Throw Paint on Holocaust Memorial

April 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Vandals threw red paint on a Holocaust memorial in the northern city of Thessaloniki, in the second attack on Jewish monuments this week in Greece, officials said.

TV footage showed paint splashed on the menorah-like structure and the several wreaths laid at its foot, with "Palestine" painted on the flagstones below it.

"I cannot understand what this [conflict in the Middle East] has to do with the Holocaust," the local Jewish community's vice president, Iakov Benmayor, said.

On Tuesday, police in Ioannina said vandals destroyed three gravestones at a Jewish cemetery.

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