Headstones toppled in Brooklyn Jewish cemetery

Mar 06, 2017, 00:44
Headstones toppled in Brooklyn Jewish cemetery

Last Thursday, five headstones were found toppled at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester in western NY.

The New York Police Departmet is investigating a new case of possible vandalism at a predominantly Jewish cemetery in New York City's Brooklyn borough.

Vandalism at a Brooklyn Jewish cemetery follows reports by NY police of a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in its jurisdiction.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted images of damaged gravestones.

"When I received a call from the Boro Park Shomrim that something had occurred at Washington Cemetery, I immediately sent a staff member who met with the police".

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In 2010, some 200 headstones were toppled in the same Brooklyn cemetery, over a Friday night and Saturday, when the cemetery is closed.

The vandalism comes amid a string of some 100 hoax bomb threats phoned in to at least 81 Jewish community centers (JCCs) and Jewish day schools across the United States and Canada in five waves of harassment. "I've spoken with the New York Police Department (NYPD) who are investigating".

He'll also host a New York State-Israel Economic Development working lunch with the mayor of Jerusalem.

On Thursday, about 16 headstones were toppled and several other defaced at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.

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