Monday, February 27, 2017
Who Is Desecrating Jewish Cemeteries? Left Or Right?
The Jewish cemetery Mt. Carmel in Philadelphia was vandalized on February 25, 2017. (Twitter: Stephanie Farr/@FarFarrAway)
The Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia became the second Jewish burial ground in the US to be desecrated inside of a week overnight on Saturday. Between 75 and 100 headstones were disturbed and damaged, said police on Sunday.
While authorities have thus far termed the incident “institutional vandalism” rather than an anti-Semitic act, three Christian cemeteries surrounding Mt. Carmel were untouched.
“As far as we know it’s limited to the Jewish cemetery,” said local Detective Jim McReynolds.
The damage was discovered by a man who arrived at the cemetery on Sunday morning to visit his father’s grave and found it had been knocked over. When police were summoned, they realized the extent of the destruction.
“There is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,” said Pence during his visit.
In response to the Philadelphia vandalization, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf vowed to “hold accountable” the criminals responsible, calling it a “cowardly, disturbing act.”
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney sent a heartfelt message to the Jews whose relatives were buried in the cemetery, writing on Twitter, “My heart breaks for the families who found loved ones’ headstones toppled. We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters.”
He added in a longer statement, “We are doing all we can to find the perpetrators who desecrated this final resting place, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Last week’s incident in Missouri promoted President Donald Trump to make his first official condemnation of the threat of anti-Semitism in America, which has been rising in recent weeks. The cemetery desecrations come in the wake of dozens of bomb threats to Jewish community centers and institutions nationwide.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/84254/second-jewish-cemetery-desecrated-philadelphia/#wiDy25JD1sWMv1TT.99