Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Dozens of headstones toppled at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery


A North Jersey man visiting his father's grave made the grim discovery Sunday morning, and Philadelphia police were later dispatched to the cemetery, at Frankford and Cheltenham avenues, around 9:30 a.m. for reports of vandalism, according to multiple reports.

Police in Philadelphia investigated vandalism Sunday at an old Jewish cemetery amid fears of rising anti-Semitism around the country.

Police say scores of headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Per local police, the vandalism occurred at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia.

It was not immediately clear if the damage was from a hate attack.

After inspecting the cemetery, police determined 100 more headstones were knocked over. "But the fact that there's so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted", Mallin told the station.

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'I'm hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lists Mount Carmel as a Jewish cemetery in northeastern Philadelphia.

"It's just very disheartening that such a thing would take place", Aaron Mallin said of discovering the damage.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has said they will begin raising money to speed the fix and reconditioning of affected graves at Mt. Carmel.

Reacting to the vandalism, The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect tweeted simply: "WE ARE SICKENED, SICKENED, SICKENED". When asked if he was speaking for himself or the Foreign Ministry, Nahshon said the statement is "semi-official".

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