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Vandals have daubed Nazi swastikas on graves at a British and Commonwealth cemetery in Israel.
Almost every grave has been defaced with red spray paint, while some of the headstones have been kicked over in a wanton act of vandalism.
Staff at the cemetery in Hafia were stunned to discover the vandalism that took place overnight.
It is the latest attack of war graves of British and Commonwealth servicemen in the last few months and follows just days after an anti-Semitic gunman shot two people dead in Halle, Germany on Wednesday.
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A cemetery in Belfast was vandalised earlier this week and another in Holland also daubed with Nazi symbols in the build up to 75th anniversary celebrations of D-Day
Shocking pictures from the cemetery in Haifa show the scale of the vandalism with each of the graves targeted.
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Many have been daubed with the swastika while others have been sprayed with red paint.
Several of the tombstones have been daubed with paint and over 30 kicked over.
Many of the wrecked headstones are in the Jewish section of the cemetery in the Northern Israeli town.
Police in Haifa have launched an investigation into the vandalism.
The Haifa War Cemetery contains 305 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 86 of them unidentified. There are also 36 burials of soldiers killed in the Second World War.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is disgusted by anti-Semitic attacks on war graves, both at home and abroad."This is disgusting, appalling and nothing other than just hate filled desecration of our own diggers, our light horsemen and it is terribly upsetting," the prime minister told reporters in Suva during a brief official visit to Fiji.
A spokesman for the War Grave Commission said it was ‘hugely distressing’ but said teams were already removing the graffiti
The spokesman said: 'The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is dismayed by an act of vandalism to Haifa War Cemetery in Israel, in which slogans and graffiti were spray-painted across many of the headstones.
'The incident has been reported to the authorities and CWGC staff are on site to remove the graffiti and restore the cemetery to its traditional high standard.
'CWGC is grateful for all the messages of support and would like to reassure our public that we will never allow such shameful acts to detract from our commemoration of the war dead.
Last month the Mierlo War Cemetery near Eindhoven in Holland was vandalised.
The cemetery is the final resting place of 664 Commonwealth soldiers and one Dutch soldier from World War Two.
The vandalism took place in lead up to the 75th anniversary of the allied forces landing in the Netherlands and commemoration of the Arnhem air invasion.
Earlier this week several graves at a cemetery in Belfast were vandalised with headstones kicked over.
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