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New Zealand anti-semitic attack

Last updated: 2004-08-11

The Board of Deputies has written to the President of the New Zealand Jewish Council to express its deep sorrow over the desecration of ninety Jewish graves and the destruction of a Jewish chapel at Makara Cemetery in Wellington last Friday.

Two weeks earlier, sixteen graves were desecrated in the Jewish cemetery in central Wellington and antisemitic graffiti were sprayed.

In his letter to David Zwartz, Board Director General Neville Nagler noted regrettably, "Events such as this throughout the world seem to have become a pattern of our times. At the Board of Deputies we have viewed the recent rise in antisemitism with great distress and are doing all we can to make people aware of the current situation.

"It is shocking to think that this is the second such attack in New Zealand within a few weeks and our thoughts are very much with you and your community in these difficult times."