More Jewish Headstones Overturned Amid U.S. Anti-Semitism ‘Epidemic’

Stacy Biscardi searches the grounds of Mount Carmel Cemetery for a relatives' grave Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Philadelphia. Scores of volunteers are expected to help in an organized effort to clean up and restore the Jewish cemetery where vandals damaged hundreds of headstones. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
AP/Jacqueline Larma

NEW YORK (AFP) –  Five tombstones were overturned in an historic Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, the latest in a spate of apparently anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, media reports said Sunday.

CNN reported that the act of vandalism at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn and was being investigated by a hate-crime task force of the New York City Police Department.

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

The Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights group dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism, said last week there have been 121 threats against Jewish schools and civic groups in the US since January 1, labeling the surge an “epidemic.”

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