Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dozens of headstones overturned at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

Is this related to the damages of headstones last week at the Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri? Is it a copycat crime? How frequently do these incidents occur without being nationally publicized? 

The American Jewish community is currently very sensitized to antisemitic vandalism. Is what we're seeing an increase in antisemitic actions, or a greater awareness of what has been already going on for many years?

By Bob Brooks
Updated 13 mins ago 
WISSINOMING (WPVI) --Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned. 
The Philadelphia police say this was an act of vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the corner of Frankford and Cheltenham avenues. 
Aaron Mallin of North Jersey made the disturbing discovery Sunday when he came to visit his father's grave. 
"It's just very disheartening that such a thing would take place," Mallin said. 
He says he knows this doesn't look good, but is hoping that somehow this wasn't an anti-Semitic attack. 
"I'm hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids. But the fact that there's so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted," Mallin said. 
The damage is widespread all across the cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected. 
Mallin just doesn't understand how someone could do this. 
"It's just very heartbreaking," Mallin said. 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia tells Action News they will be opening a mailbox at later Sunday to begin raising money to help speed up the repairs of the cemetery.

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