Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Jewish cemetery vandalized in NY state

Jewish cemetery vandalized in NY state

Director of Community Relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Karen Elam, said it was not clear how long ago the vandalism had happened.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on the State Police to launch an investigation into a report that several headstones were toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester this week.

"The destruction of the more than 500 headstones at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia is unbelievably disturbing to those whose loved ones are buried there and all Jewish people throughout Pennsylvania", Wolf wrote. There was no immediate comment from officials at the cemetery.

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"The recent increase in anti-Semitic threats and acts of intolerance is disturbing, unacceptable, and directly contradicts New York's core values of tolerance and diversity", Cuomo said in a statement. Construction workers have offered their services for free. A $69,000 reward is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime. A police organisation is offering 3,000 dollars. The FBI is investigating.

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. However, he has also questioned whether some perpetrators may be opponents of his who are seeking to link his new presidency with a rise in anti-Semitism.

In August 2014 vandals shoved over close to 40 headstones at Britton Road Cemetery.

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