WARSAW, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Vandals have defaced a Jewish
memorial in eastern Poland by rearranging bushes forming the
Star of David into a Nazi swastika, police said on Monday, the
latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents in the area.
"Unknown assailants, most likely overnight, vandalised a
monument commemorating a former Jewish cemetery," a police
spokesman in the city of Bialystok, Andrzej Baranowski, told TVN
24 news channel.
Television pictures showed the swastika, made from bushes,
sitting in the middle of the original Star of David.
"The (Nazi) symbol has now been removed," Baranowski said.
Poland was home to Europe's largest Jewish population until
Nazi Germany's invasion and occupation of the country during
World War Two. Most Polish Jews perished in the Holocaust.
The Polish government and Jewish groups have sharply
condemned the recent acts of vandalism against Jewish targets.
Bialystok police have said they believe the attacks were
performed by the same people.
On Sept. 1, at a site near Bialystok, vandals covered a
monument to victims of a World War Two pogrom against Polish
Jews with swastikas and racist inscriptions.
(Writing by Gareth Jones; Editing by Matthew Jones)
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