Copenhagen – The Carolineskolen in Copenhagen was vandalized
during the night of Thursday to Friday. Danish media report that windows were smashed
and antisemitic graffiti written on the school walls.
“We are the world’s
second-oldest functioning Jewish school and we have never before in our
210-year-long history experienced something like this,” school principal Jan
Hansen told Denmark’s ‘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 vandals cut a hole
in the school’s surrounding fence in order to reach the school. He added that
school officials had covered up the graffiti before students arrived so that
they would not have to read the antisemitic messages.
Carolineskolen serves around 200
children. In addition to the school, there is a kindergarten and a 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 antisemitic harassment in Denmark.