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US Jewish cemetery vandalised, more bomb threats at community centres

More than 170 Jewish graves were vandalised at a cemetery in the southern United States sometime over the weekend.

A groundskeeper arrived on Sunday morning at the cemetery in University City, Missouri to find gravestones overturned across a wide section of the cemetery, bearing the remains of Jews who died between the late 1800s and the mid-20th century, Anita Feigenbaum, director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society, told The Washington Post in a phone interview.

She called it a “horrific act of cowardice,” beyond anything the cemetery had experienced in the past.

The cemetery was founded by the Russian Jewish community in St. Louis “to aid all Jews who needed burial whether they had the money or not. To this day that’s what we do. We are not for profit. We help in this horrible time in a person’s life.”

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League reported a wave of bomb threats directed against Jewish community centres in multiple states, the fourth series of such threats since the beginning of the year.

“While ADL does not have any information at this time to indicate the presence of any actual bombs at the institutions threatened, the threats themselves are alarming, disruptive and must always be taken seriously.”

Responding to an inquiry from NBC News about the threats, the White House issued a statement, saying: “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

Click here to read the full article in Washington Post

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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