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Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Frankford

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Frankford

The damage was found across the entire cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected, the local ABC affiliate WPVI reported.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon condemned the incident, writing on Twitter that the "Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecration is shocking and a source of worry".

Mallin told the news station he believes the scope of the destruction suggests this may have been a targeted attack rather than an isolated incident. "It's just very disheartening that such a thing would take place". "We have full confidence in USA authorities to catch and punish culprits".

Police said on Sunday that scores of headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

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Police did not say whether they had any suspects in the case or whether they knew of a motive.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lists Mount Carmel as a Jewish cemetery in northeast Philadelphia.

More than 150 headstones were knocked over and/or broken, but police have not yet decided whether or not the incident - which occurred on the same day as the fourth wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the United States - constituted a hate crime.

In addition to the vandalism at the Jewish cemeteries, there were also instances of anti-Semitic vandalism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, over the past week.

Pence, who was in the area to give a speech at a business in Fenton, Mo., said of the damage, "There is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism".

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