FALL RIVER, Mass. — Police say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts had been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought days earlier.
Fall River police stated Thursday in a Fb publish that they got here up with the upper quantity after a row-by-row inspection of Hebrew Cemetery. Of these 59, two had been knocked over.
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The stones had been defaced with swastikas and phrases together with “Expel the Jew” and “Hitler was proper” in what gave the impression to be black marker.
Police had been alerted on Sunday by a cemetery upkeep employee and are treating it as a hate crime.
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No arrests have been made. The Herald Information reviews that rewards totalling $12,500 are being provided for info that results in an arrest, together with $10,000 given anonymously to Congregation Adas Israel, a metropolis synagogue.
Stephen Silverman, who’s the president of the native synagogue, informed CNN that the neighborhood is upset by the incident however nonetheless resilient.
“The ugly head of anti-Semitism has raised its head once more,” Silverman stated, including that the U.S. must do extra to fight hate.
“America has obtained to pay attention to all of the conditions occurring — it’s getting worse and worse.”
— With recordsdata from World Information reporter Maham Abedi