Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York State

Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed State Police to investigate the Rochester incident as a possible hate crime.

A national investigation has been opened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which investigates hate crimes. Volunteers of all faiths turned up at the cemetery after news of the vandalism spread last weekend. "We will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold those responsible for these reprehensible actions fully accountable under the law".

A hate crime task force in NY is to investigate an attack on more than a dozen headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Rochester.

Family members are still being notified about the damaged tombstones; some of the grave markers were for people who had survived the Holocaust.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported that toppled and defaced headstones were discovered at Waad Hakolel Cemetery in northwest Rochester.

On Thursday, hundreds responded to a rally organized by a local Jewish federation in Philadelphia "to restore a sense of security and peace to our community". Following the desecration of the St. Louis cemetery, Muslim civil rights activist Linda Sarsour raised more than $100,000 to fix the damage. A $69,000 reward is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

Jewish community centers and day schools in at least a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, were also targets of bomb scares this past week, the fifth wave since January.