Headstones at Brooklyn Jewish cemetery damaged, NYPD investigating

Asssemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted Saturday that more than 40 tombstone at Washington Cemetery, at 5400 Bay Pkwy.in Mapleton, were pushed over in an act of apparent vandalism.

Police in New York City are investigating possible vandalism of a predominantly Jewish burial ground in Brooklyn. Authorities said 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. He wrote that he'd been alerted to the damage by the Boro Park Shomrim, a private Jewish security patrol. "They've found a cut in the cemetery fence and are taking the matter very seriously".

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In recent weeks, there have been scores of bomb threats against US Jewish organisations and at least three other Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated.

The New York Police Department's hate crimes unit reportedly is investigating the incident.

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Local news reports said about five headstones were toppled.

Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Cuomo says the incidents "violated every tenet of the New York State tradition".

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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.


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