NY hate crime task force investigating vandalism at Jewish cemetery

NY hate crime task force investigating vandalism at Jewish cemetery

USA

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia made plans to fix and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

University City police are hoping those responsible for toppling headstones at the "Chesed Shel Emeth" Jewish cemetery have done some bragging about it.

Police investigated the vandalism at Waad Hakolel (Vaad Hakolel) Cemetery Thursday, finding that what they originally thought was a minor act of vandalism was a widespread incident of overturned and/or defaced headstones.

People at the rally sang songs and held different signs saying things like "let us build a world of loving kindness". The Stand Against Hate rally was meant to show solidarity, regardless of race, religion, or creed.

Jewish community centers across the country have also been dealing with bomb threats in recent weeks.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to be in attendance.

It was the fifth round of bomb threats against Jewish institutions since January, prompting outrage and exasperation among Jewish leaders as well as calls for an aggressive federal response to put a stop to it. They will fail in their attempts to instill fear in all of us.

"We're standing against hate, and we're standing up for a community that won't be knocked down", said one person attending the rally.

They say here in the Dolyestown area speciffically the KKK has been spreading hate literature.

  • Jack Replman