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Jewish school vandalised in Copenhagen

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Jewish school vandalised in Copenhagen
Carolineskolen had its windows smashed and walls defaced with graffiti. Photo: Erik Refner/Scanpix
11:20 CEST+02:00
Carolineskolen in Østerbro had its windows smashed and its walls painted with "political" anti-Semitic messages. The school's leader says nothing like it has happened before in the school's 200 year history.
The private Jewish school Carolineskolen in Copenhagen’s Østerbro was extensively vandalised overnight between Thursday and Friday. 
 
Windows were smashed and anti-Semitic graffiti was written on the school’s walls. 
 
“We are the world’s second-oldest functioning Jewish school and we have never before in our 210 year history experienced something like this,” school leader Jan Hansen told TV2 News. “Parents and children are worried, and some parents don’t want to send their children to school.”
 
Hansen said that the graffiti was “political” in nature and referred to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
 
The graffiti included 'No peace in Gaza' and 'No peace to you Zionist pigs'.
 
The vandals cut a hole in the school’s surrounding fence in order to reach the school.
 
Hansen said that school officials covered up the graffiti before students arrived so that they would not have to read the anti-Semitic messages. 
 
Carolineskolen serves roughly 200 children. In addition to the school, there is a nursery and daycare facility. Earlier this month, school officials advised parents to not let their children wear Jewish religious symbols outside of school grounds as a result of rising reports of anti-Semitic harassment in Denmark
 
The increase in reported anti-Semitism led to a ‘kippah march’ through Nørrebro last week in support of Jews’ right to bear religious symbols in the city. 
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