Antisemitic vandalism at Massachusetts cemetery more widespread - police

At least 59 gravestones were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts,

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
March 25, 2019 09:17
cemetery desecration

Gravestones at the Jewish cemetery in Quatzenheim, France vandalized with Nazi graffiti, February 19, 2019. (photo credit: CONSISTOIRE OF THE LOWER RHINE)

 
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(JTA) — Anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in southern Massachusetts was about twice as widespread as originally reported.

At least 59 gravestones were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts, according to police.



The damage was first reported on Tuesday and had occurred over the previous weekend. At the time it was reported that some 30 gravestones had been vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets.



But police on Thursday said that they conducted a row-by-row inspection of the cemetery and discovered that some 59 gravestones had been drawn on and that two were knocked over, The Associated Press reported.



In addition to swastikas, the graffiti included “Heil Hitler,” “Hitler was right,” “Expel the Jew,” and “Oy vey, this is MAGA Country.” MAGA refers to the slogan from President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign standing for Make America Great Again.



Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, the AP report said.

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