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Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn reportedly vandalized

Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn reportedly vandalized”

Last Thursday, five headstones were found toppled at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester in western NY.

The New York Police Department said Sunday there was no evidence of vandalism at a predominantly Jewish cemetery where more than 40 tombstones were toppled over.

Vandalism at a Brooklyn Jewish cemetery follows reports by NY police of a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in its jurisdiction.

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the Borough Park neighborhood that is home to both the cemetery and one of New York City's largest Orthodox Jewish populations, posted photographs of the damage on his Twitter and Facebook page Saturday night. 'The police commissioner was down here, the crew chiefs, the bias unit was down here and they're taking it seriously'.

Hikind (second from left) consults with police.

Gravestones were also found toppled last week at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also named the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester, New York.

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

The rash of vandalism and bomb threats have stirred fears of a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States since Donald Trump's election as president in January.

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