Headstones toppled in Brooklyn cemetery in possible hate crime

The New York Police Department is investigating a report of possible vandalism at a mainly-Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, a NYPD spokesman said the department’s hate crimes division has been notified of headstones found toppled over at Washington Cemetery.

Hikind

Hikind’s caption on Twitter reads: “@BPShomrim alerted me that stones @ Washington Cemetery are down. I’ve spoken w/ the NYPD who are investigating. I’ll be there in the am.”

(Dov Hikind via Twitter)

Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos of the toppled headstones on Saturday night, vowing to appear at the cemetery on Sunday morning to view what happened.

The cemetery of note here was also targeted by vandals in 2010. Two hundred headstones were toppled in that wave of violence, the Times of Israel reports.

In the new year, there has been a general uptick in vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. Bomb threats have been called into Jewish organizations 122 times. This is spread wide in three dozen states.

Haaretz.com reports that in the past two weeks, vandalism has been seen at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis. Aside from that, further rounds of bomb threats have been called into Jewish community centers, schools and institutions across the country. It’s what Haaretz calls the fourth and fifth waves of the threats this year.

A Jewish cemeter in Rochester, N.Y. was also the location of another alleged instance of vandalism Thursday. The nonprofit managing the site suggested there is no proof the incident was a hate crime, Haaretz reports.

Authorites also said on Friday that Juan Thompson, a former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories, made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide as part of a campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend.

The cemetery site where the headstones were toppled late Saturday.

The cemetery site where the headstones were toppled late Saturday.

(Dov Hikind via Twitter)

According to the Times of Israel, the New York Police Department indicated last week that anti-Semitic incidents are up a whopping 94 percent in the city, over the same amount of time one year ago.

It corresponds to a 55 percent increase in the overall number of hate crimes in New York City (as compared to last year, at the time). Through February of last year, 18 incidents were called in. This year, 35 reports were filed of the same nature, the Times of Israel notes.

According to the same site, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a news conference last week that, “Hate crimes are up in this city. They’re driven primarily by anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

(The New York Police Department did not elaborate any further on the case early Sunday morning.)

With News Wire Services

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