Dozens of Headstones Broken At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery

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"We're not powerless. We can't just let this happen to us", said Naomi Adler, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation. This time, in Philadelphia, with more than 530 headstones damaged and overturned.

"Attacking a cemetery, especially one that is all-Jewish, all-Catholic, or whatever it is, is basically an attack on the culture, the identity of the people that cemetery represents", Aaron Breitbart, a researcher at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, told The Post after the St. Louis incident.

A fund-raising campaign was launched by two Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi to pay for the knocked over headstones after the cemetery of St Louis was vandalized, and raised more than $1,30,000.

Speaking at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, Trump said: "Antisemitism is disgusting and it's going to stop and it has to stop". The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 is offering an additional $3,000 to the reward.

Now, they are trying to raise money for the repairs in Philadelphia, according to UPROXX.

The incident in Philadelphia also brought a wave of condemnations online, including tweets from Rep. We must stand together against these acts of racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.

As of Tuesday morning, the campaign had raised $138,000 - almost seven times the original goal of $20,000. Some of the extra funds would go for the restoration of the Philadelphia cemetery, El-Messidi had written on Facebook. "I was deeply saddened to learn of the senseless acts of mass vandalism", the statement said.

"Just as we helped in St. Louis, we are going to help here in Philadelphia".

The incident at Mount Carmel prompted support from the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

"The community is in a state of shock and rage and deep sadness, but there's an awesome amount of strength in both the interfaith community and in the Jewish community drawing strength from one another", Simcha Zevit said.

The vandalism was discovered Sunday morning by a man visiting his father's grave, CNN affiliate WPIV reported. He called it "very disheartening" and said he hopes it wasn't intended as an anti-Semitic attack.

Tarek el-Messidi, a Muslim activist who joined the fix effort on Sunday, said, "Every human should be allowed to rest in peace, and no one should have to worry about their loved one's graves being desecrated".

Officers said they counted about 100 damaged headstones, which were most likely toppled sometime Saturday night.

Efforts are underway for a community cleanup day at the cemetery this week, she said. "I always thought we were done with that".

"We are appalled to see the desecration of another Jewish cemetery".

Social media users responded with outrage.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect on Sunday condemned the incident and called on President Donald Trump publicly address rising acts of anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia. Stop this incubator of #Antisemitism and other hate. "We must find those responsible and hold accountable". Pennsylvania lawmakers, including Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen.

"That, along with other recent threats to Jewish community centers around the country", Pence said, "declare to all a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil". "Let us stand up together and show that love and community will triumph over hate and bigotry".

Nobody answered the phone Sunday afternoon at a number listed for the cemetery and messages left there were not returned. "They are calling their youth to come join us", he wrote, adding the hashtags #SacredResistance and #StrongerTogether.

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