Vandals damage more than 75 graves at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

Posted February 27, 2017

Numerous headstones have been knocked over and broken at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in an apparent act of vandalism.

Special investigators with the University City Police Department in St. Louis, Missouri are still reviewing security footage to try to determine who was behind widespread damage last week at the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish Cemetery. As many as 100 gravesites showed damage, including toppled marble headstones snapped off at the base.

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are terrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil", he said.

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Police said that the incident at the city's Mount Carmel Cemetery was an act of vandalism and have opened an investigation, according to a local ABC affiliate.

'I'm hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids. "Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecration is shocking and a source of worry". "We have full confidence in USA authorities to catch and punish the culprits".

Mallin told the news station he believes the scope of the destruction suggests this may have been a targeted attack rather than an isolated incident.

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Tom Wolf (D) called the vandalism a "cowardly, disturbing act" Sunday afternoon, stressing the importance of finding the perpetrators.

The vandalism comes in the wake of bomb threats to 54 Jewish community centers in 27 states and Canada.

A nearby elementary school playground and railway overpasses were similarly vandalized. The damage was discovered Sunday morning.

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