Brooklyn cemetery damage not vandalism, police say

06 March, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Garry Little
  • A toppled headstone at the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn New York

The New York Police Department is investigating another incident of vandalism at the Jewish Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn.

The NYPD said after consultation with the management of the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, it was determined the 42 tombstones came down as a result of a number of factors.

Last Thursday, five headstones were found toppled at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester in western NY. Hikind said he was alerted Saturday night about the situation, saying more than 40 headstones were overturned, and was immediately in touch with the police to make certain that the matter was being investigated.

According to his tweet, Hikind has spoken with local police.

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In 2010, Washington Cemetery was also targeted by vandals, who covered as many as 200 gravestones in graffiti and toppled them over, the New York Post reported at the time.

Bomb threats have been phoned into Jewish community centers, schools and other institutions in recent weeks as well.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will launch a statewide investigation of the vandalism at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York, and the overall rise in crimes targeting Jewish organizations throughout the state.

The rash of vandalism and bomb threats have stirred fears of a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States since Donald Trump's election as president in January.

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