Cuomo Calls For State Police Probe Into Jewish Cemetery Vandalism

Bryan R. Smith

"The destruction of the more than 500 headstones at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia is unbelievably disturbing to those whose loved ones are buried there and all Jewish people throughout Pennsylvania", Wolf wrote.

Dragon said, "For him to make a statement like he did and for him to say that this isn't acceptable is incredibly important for the Jewish community to hear right now because NY has been a target".

The FBI is trying to figure out who recently knocked down more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Cemetery officials are planning to meet with representatives from the state Division of Cemeteries to go through the formalities of filing a vandalism report, said Helen Gullack, the cemetery's manager.

Rochester's local Democrat & Chronicle reported in an interview with the non-profit's president, Michael Phillips, that he doesn't want to, "label it (the vandalism) anti-Semitism".

"It's a very old cemetery", she said. There was no immediate comment from officials at the cemetery.

In August 2014 vandals shoved over close to 40 headstones at Britton Road Cemetery. "I don't think there's any proof of that".

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation by the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, working with federal and local authorities.

She says, in the last month, 30 of the 180 Anti-Semitic crimes committed in the US have been in New York State.

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