Suspects arrested in New Zealand Jewish cemetery attack

October 21, 2012 18:15

SYDNEY, Australia – Police in New Zealand arrested two men over an anti-Semitic attack on a historic Jewish cemetery.

A 19-year-old and a 23-year-old were arrested in Auckland Sunday and charged with willful damage.One will appear in Auckland District Court Monday and the other on Tuesday. The maximum penalty for the crime is seven years in prison.

The arrests come three days after the discovery of about 20 desecrated gravestones, many which were spray painted with swastikas and the number "88" – code for "Heil Hitler." One gravestone had the words "F*** Israel" emblazoned on it while another said "Don't f*** with us."

Police say there may be more arrests, according to local media reports.

About 7,000 Jews live in New Zealand, with the majority of them in Auckland.

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