NYPD investigate possible vandalism at predominantly Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn

Bryan R. Smith

Earlier on Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, visiting Israel, said the rash of anti-Semitic acts in the United States was "reprehensible" and his state would have no tolerance for them.

Police investigated the reports of possible vandalism at Washington Cemetery, a Jewish burial ground on Bay Parkway in Midwood.

Vandalism at a Brooklyn Jewish cemetery follows reports by NY police of a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in its jurisdiction.




The NYPD said after consultation with the management of the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, it was determined the 42 tombstones came down as a result of a number of factors. An NYPD hate-crime task force is investigating whether the incident was intentional.

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.

The governor is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials on his trip, and will return to the USA on Monday. In late February, at least 170 headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Over the weekend, police arrested a man accused of making at least 8 of the bomb threats. "It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the New York State tradition", he said in comments released by his office.

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