Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Local Jewish community concerned about rise in anti-Semitic acts


In 2014, vandals toppled more than 40 headstones at another Jewish cemetery near Rochester, but local police concluded the vandalism was not motivated by anti-Semitism, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

As far as the Temple Beth Shalom cemetery vandalism in Warwick, Warwick police said that there is no new information but that the Warwick and state police are continuing to investigate the incident.

The last two weeks saw vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis, as well as two more waves of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers, schools and institutions across the country, representing the fourth and fifth waves of such harassment this year.

"I don't think there's anything worse than racist activity and bigoted activity targeting our children", he said.

Several headstones were toppled in a Jewish cemetery in Rochester this week.

"But I also want to assure the Jewish community that the people of the state of NY speak with one voice in condemning this activity".

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"We want the perpetrators to know that we are fully committed to doing justice in this case", Cuomo said.

"But I'm also going to bring a message of solidarity, and I want to say that to the people of Israel, and I want to say to that the Jewish community".

The vandalism of more than a dozen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester is being investigated by a NY hate crime task force, the third known case of a Jewish cemetery desecration in the country in the last two weeks. We're proud to be the largest population of Jewish people outside of Israel.

Phillips contrasted the damage this week with that scene recently at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and Missouri.

Lawmakers' responseNew York lawmakers have also condemned the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, including and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) and Sen.

"We are continuing to operate as we always have".

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