Jewish cemetery in Rochester vandalized, but is it anti-Semitism?

This Jewish cemetery in Rochester, N. Y. was recently vandalized [JP capture via Google]
This Jewish cemetery in Rochester, N. Y. was recently vandalized [JP capture via Google]
Five headstones were toppled over this week at the Waad Hakolel Cemetary in Rochester, N. Y., but officials are hesitant to refer to the vandalism as anti-Semitic.

“I don’t want to label it a hate crime,” Michael Phillips, the president of the corporation that manages the cemetery, told the local Democrat & Chronicle. “I don’t want to label it anti-Semitism. I don’t think there’s any proof of that.”

The damage at the Rochester cemetery was limited strictly to the toppling of the headstones. Compared to what occurred at cemeteries in Missouri and Philadelphia, where gravemarkers were defaced as well as toppled, it is much more difficult to determine the motives of these vandals.

According to News 10, police are not yet investigating, as the Cemetery has not officially notified them of the crime.

03/02/2017 1:25 PM by David Kinzer

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