59 Jewish Graves Desecrated in Massachusetts

Cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2019 5:45 PM CDT
59 Jewish Graves Desecrated in Massachusetts
Anti-Semitic graffiti mars a memorial stone at Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Mass., Monday, March 18, 2019.   (Jack Foley/The Herald News of Fall River via AP)

(Newser) – Police now say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought, the AP reports. Fall River police said Thursday in a Facebook post that they came up with the higher number after a row-by-row inspection of Hebrew Cemetery. Of those 59, two had been knocked over. The stones were defaced with swastikas and phrases including "Expel the Jew" and "Hitler was right" in what appeared to be black marker. Police were alerted on Sunday by a cemetery maintenance worker. Police are treating it as a hate crime. No arrests have been made. The Herald News reports that rewards totaling $12,500 are being offered for information that leads to an arrest. (Nearly 100 graves were desecrated in a similar incident.)

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