‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘Juden’ tagged on a Jewish-owned house in Lyon, France

Written by on August 19, 2020

It could have been a story dated back in the 1940s, but this one happened on August 19, 2020, in the city center of Lyon, France.

Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew” beside an image of a swastika. (photo credit: COURTESY COMMUNITY SECURITY TRUST)

Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew” beside an image of a swastika.

(photo credit: COURTESY COMMUNITY SECURITY TRUST)

“Heil Hitler” and “Juden” sprayed on a Jewish house.

It could have been a story from back in the 1940s, but this one happened on August 19, 2020, in the city center of Lyon, France.

These two phrases were discovered Tuesday morning sprayed on a house owned by a Jewish family in Lyon, while the family was away on vacations.

The League against Racism and Antisemitism (LICRA), a French NGO, announced over social media that they will take the matter to court, explaining that “Neo-Nazis are enemies of the Republic and its values,” and “they must be fought as such with all means of law.”

La @_LICRA_ saisit la justice. Les néo-nazis sont des ennemis de la République et de ses valeurs. Ils doivent être combattus comme tels avec tous les moyens du droit. Force doit rester à la loi et à l’ordre républicain. @Gregorydoucet https://t.co/cQ7nC2hwJY

— Licra (@_LICRA_) August 18, 2020

Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet, for his part, “strongly” condemned this act, tweeting that “the perpetrators of these heinous acts defile the humanistic spirit of our city and put us all in danger.”

Incendies de lieux de culte musulmans, expressions antisémites ignobles… Aucune forme de haine ne sera admise à #Lyon.

Nous les condamnons fermement. Les auteurs de ces actes abjects souillent l’esprit humaniste de notre ville et nous mettent tous en danger. https://t.co/opIzhcNnlO

— Grégory Doucet (@Gregorydoucet) August 18, 2020

Thomas Rudigoz, district representative in the National Assembly, concerned, pointed out that “racist and antisemitic acts are on the rise,” referencing to the several incidents that occurred during the past few months.

— Thomas Rudigoz (@trudigoz) August 18, 2020

Rudigoz also reacted to the LICRA’s condemnation by stressing that “we must all — the government, the City of Lyon, the National Assembly — fight against fascism and the far Right.”

This incident happened amid a wave of racist and antisemitic incidents in both Lyon, and in other parts of France.

In June, antisemitic symbols were discovered on David Kimefeld’s campaign posters for the Lyon city government elections.

Last week, in Paris, a young Jewish man was violently attacked in the 19th district of the capital. 

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