Suspected hate crime: Headstones at Brooklyn Jewish cemetery overturned

The New York Police Department is investigating a suspected hate crime at Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery. This is the fourth time in the past two weeks that a Jewish cemetery in the U.S. has been vandalized.
Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery Photo Credit: Twitter/Channel 2 News

This morning (Sunday), it was reported that a Jewish cemetery in New York was vandalized. This is the fourth report of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in the U.S. in the past two weeks. The spokesperson for the New York Police Department said that the hate crimes division has launched an investigation.

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photographs of the damage at Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery and called on the authorities to continue to investigate the series of similar incidents across the country. As reported by JOL over the past two weeks, acts of vandalism have been reported at Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester.

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Two days ago, JOL reported that the first suspect in the wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers across the U.S. was arrested. Law enforcement agencies believe that 31-year-old Juan Thompson was responsible for calling in bomb threats to the Anti-Defamation League offices and 8 Jewish Community Centers throughout the US. The bomb threat against the ADL was received on February 22 but it was determined that the threat was unreliable and the offices were not evacuated. However, the JCCs and Jewish schools did evacuate their staff and students.



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