Empathy and action: Muslims unite to help fix vandalized Jewish cemeteries

Mar 02, 2017, 00:08
Empathy and action: Muslims unite to help fix vandalized Jewish cemeteries

Police say more than 100 headstones were knocked over, but a rabbi who walked through the cemetery told NBC10 he counted 460 headstones that were toppled or damaged.

Police said the crime occurred Saturday night, and they were alerted to the damage after a man reported Sunday that three of his relatives' headstones had been knocked over and broken.

"This is not just a random act", he said. Vandals toppled more than two-dozen gravestones and damaged an estimated 200 more at the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, which dates to 1893.

A swastika made of human feces, discovered in a dorm bathroom last week at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), has.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says authorities are doing everything possible to find those "who desecrated this final resting place".

The Southern Poverty Law Center recorded 1,372 bias incidents between Trump's inauguration and February 7, the watchdog group reported. Some of the proceeds will now go toward repairing the Philadelphia cemetery - the fundraiser's description specifically states that "any remaining funds will be allocated to help. fix any other vandalized Jewish centers".

Pence in his address Wednesday at the Fabick CAT headquarters talked about the vandalism and a series of bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers across the country in recent weeks.

"Hate is not permissible in Philadelphia", he said. "All Americans must treat these acts with utmost severity, and know that when hatred rears its ugly head, anyone can be a target".

In another statement, the New York City-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said, "We are sickened, sickened, sickened", and called on Trump to deliver a televised prime-time speech on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hate that the organization claims his presidency has incited.

"I want to ask all Muslims to reach out to your Jewish brothers and sisters and stand together against this bigotry", he wrote on Facebook.

He added that only the Jewish section of the cemetery seemed to have been affected, while the cemetery also has Christian, Quaker and Muslim sections.

Muslim activist Tarek El-Messidi, who had started a fund-raising campaign to help clean up the St. Louis cemetery, sprung to action again after the Philadelphia attack. The Fraternal Order of Police is also offering a $3,000 reward, bringing the total to $13,000.

Rabbi Simcha Zevit, Shawn's wife and rabbi of Narbeth Havurah in Narbeth, Pa., agreed and said the strength of the community is what most people are walking away with from this incident.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted a statement calling the cemetery desecration "shocking and a source of worry".

Vice President Mike Pence visited the cemetery near St. Louis to help with the cleanup efforts there.

Police have not yet determined who was behind the vandalism or the motive.

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