Five tombstones damaged at historic Jewish cemetery in NY

Five tombstones damaged at historic Jewish cemetery in NY

The NYPD has determined that gravestones damaged at a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn were not vandalized.

A number of tombstones were overturned in an historic Jewish cemetery in NY, police said Sunday, the latest in rising number of apparent anti-Semitic incidents across the United States.

"Boro Park Shomrim alerted me that stones at Washington Cemetery are down", New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind wrote on his Twitter account Saturday night, after being notified by Boro Park's Shomrim (Jewish neighborhood watch group).

Jewish cemeteries were recently found damaged in Rochester, New York, Philadelphia, Pannesylvania, and near St. Louis, Missouri.

A hate-crime task force is investigating whether the damage to the granite and marble tombstones at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn was intentional.

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

City officials are ramping up police presence at centers of worship in response to the surge of crimes and extra security is planned for the Jewish Passover holiday which will begin April 10.

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