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Dozens of graves vandalized at Philly Jewish cemetery

A man visiting his father's burial site made the discovery.

Mount Carmel Cemetery, in Northeast Philadelphia, where nearly 100 headstones wereScreenshot / Google Maps

Nearly 100headstones were overturned, damaged or broken at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, a Jewish burial place, in Northeast Philadelphia.

A North Jersey man visiting his father's grave made the grim discovery Sunday morning, and Philadelphia police were later dispatched to the cemetery, at Frankford and Cheltenham avenues, around 9:30 a.m. for reports of vandalism, according to multiple reports.


Aaron Mallin, the man who discovered the acts of vandalism and contacted police, told 6ABC that he hopes it wasn't an anti-Semitic attack, but instead "just some drunk kids."

But the apparent vandalism comes less than a week after more than 150 headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis on Feb. 21.

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The following day, the New York City headquarters for the Anti-Defamation League received an anonymous bomb threat, prompting a brief evacuation. More than 70 Jewish community centers across the nation had received similar phoned-in threats since the start of the new year.

President Donald Trump last week called the recent spate in acts of anti-Semitism "horrible" and "a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."

 

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