• Cemetery Vandals Hit Brooklyn

    The NYPD is investigating a report of possible vandalism at a mainly Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn. On Sunday, a NYPD spokesman said the department’s hate crimes division has been notified of headstones found toppled over at Washington Cemetery • Full Story

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    The NYPD is investigating a report of possible vandalism at a mainly Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn.

    On Sunday, a NYPD spokesman said the department’s hate crimes division has been notified of headstones found toppled over at Washington Cemetery.

    Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos of the toppled headstones on Saturday night and vowed to go at the cemetery early Sunday to see them in person.

    The same cemetery was also targeted by vandals in 2010 — two hundred headstones were toppled in that wave of violence, the Times of Israel reports.

    Since the beginning on 2017, there has been a general uptick in vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats have been called into Jewish organizations 122 times. These incidents have been spread across three dozen states.

    In the past two weeks, vandalism has been seen at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis according to Haaretz.

    Aside from that, further rounds of bomb threats have been called into Jewish community centers, schools and institutions across the country, in what the Israeli paper calls the fourth and fifth waves of the threats this year.

    A Jewish cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., also suffered a possible instance of vandalism Thursday. The nonprofit managing the site suggested there is no proof the incident was a hate crime, Haaretz reports.

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