What a coincidence. Weeks after Jewish graves in New Zealand were vandalised in an act of blatant “Anti-Semitism”, and conveniently just prior to a visit to that country by revisionist historian David Irving, a vandal obligingly hands himself in after more graves are vandalised in France.
According to the public prosecutor, Xavier Richaud, the vandal “is clearly in a racist mind-set, inspired by a hatred of Arabs”.
So, as others have pointed out: why then is he vandalising Jewish graves? And perhaps more importantly: why can’t we be told his real name? Or is this just another example of Jewish inspired “Anti-Semitism” being used to gain public sympathy and political clout?
Associated Press – An unemployed graphic artist who acknowledged spray-painting swastikas on Jewish gravestones in southeast France told investigators he was inspired by a TV documentary on American neo-Nazi groups, officials said yesterday.
The 24-year-old, identified only as Michael, turned himself in to Paris police Sunday and admitted to desecrating the graves at a cemetery in Lyon on August 9, state prosecutor Xavier Richaud said.
The suspect, whom investigators had dubbed “Phineas” because that name had been scrawled at the cemetery, was a “very solitary” man who did not appear to have links to far-right groups, Richaud said.
Under police questioning, the suspect explained he had come across the name while watching a program on American neo-Nazi groups – including one called The Phineas Priesthood, officials said.
“He is clearly in a racist mind-set, inspired by a hatred of Arabs,” Richaud said at a news conference in Lyon.
Authorities said it appeared the suspect worked alone and wanted to be caught by police. A black sweat shirt found at the cemetery had contained traces of DNA that matched the suspect, Richaud said.
The suspect was also under investigation for allegedly attacking a North African man with an axe on August 5.
Anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled on about 60 tombstones in Lyon’s La Mouche cemetery earlier this month. Similar graffiti also covered a World War II monument to Jewish soldiers at the entrance to the cemetery.
France, which has Western Europe’s largest populations of Jews and Muslims, has experienced a recent upsurge in anti-Semitic and anti-Arab violence.
In the past three months, tombs at two Jewish cemeteries in the northeastern Alsace region were desecrated, and on Saturday, the words “death to Jews” and a swastika were found scrawled on a low wall on the grounds of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. No arrests have been made.