Brooklyn cemetery damage not vandalism, police say

Headstones toppled in Brooklyn Jewish cemetery

Five tombstones at a historic Jewish cemetery in NY were damaged over the weekend, the latest in what appears to be a spate of attacks on Jewish burial grounds as anti-Semitic incidents spike across the country.

An NYPD spokesperson said the police department's hate crimes division was notified of multiple toppled headstones at Washington cemetery in Brooklyn.

The Washington Cemetery at 5400 Bay Parkway was closed on Saturday, but passersby could see at least five headstones overturned, police said.

The NYPD has determined that gravestones damaged at a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn were not vandalized. He wrote that he'd been alerted to the damage by the Boro Park Shomrim, a private Jewish security patrol.

Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Cuomo says the recent incidents 'violated every tenant of the NY state tradition.' He said the state has posted rewards and put together a special police unit to combat the phenomenon.

On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the cemetery vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish institutions while on a visit to Jerusalem.

Local news reports said about five headstones were toppled.

"In New York now and in the United States we had a rash of anti-Semitism - over 100 acts of anti-Semitism - and I'm sad to say also in my state, the state of New York".

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