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Jewish cemetery in Turkey vandalized

JTA

April 27, 2011 | 10:26 am

Vandals smashed several headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul.

The damage to the eight headstones and the periphery of the cemetery was discovered on Tuesday, the last day of Passover, in the Jewish cemetery in Beyoglu, Istanbul.

Police said they would view security tapes from around the cemetery in an attempt to identify the vandals.

About 20,000 Jews live in Turkey, with about 18,000 in Istanbul, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. There are 16 synagogues in Istanbul.

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