Fallen Tombstones at Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery Not Vandalism

Bryan R. Smith

Bryan R. Smith

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.

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 latest destruction comes amid a series of bomb threats and vandalism targeting Jewish institutions, including cemeteries, schools and community centers.

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

The resident waited until sunset on Saturday, the end of the Sabbath, and then reported the disturbance to the Shomrim, a neighborhood watch group that patrols several heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

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Cemetery officials were going to take a closer took at their 100-acre property on Sunday so they could judge whether the graveyard was targeted by vandals or if the headstones fell due to weather or age, police said.

Jewish cemeteries were recently found damaged in Rochester, New York, Philadelphia, Pannesylvania, and near St. Louis, Missouri. "I've spoken with the New York Police Department (NYPD) who are investigating".

In recent weeks, there have been scores of bomb threats against US Jewish organisations and at least three other Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday in a visit to Israel that his state will not tolerate acts of anti-Semitism.

"With the recent rise of anti-Semitism, it is more important than ever before to demonstrate the connection between NY and Israel, our intertwined histories and our common futures, and spearhead new economic partnerships to bring our communities closer together", Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday.