Vandals overturn Jewish headstones at Missouri cemetery

Officers say over 100 graves at the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City were knocked over or damaged.

The White House has not commented on the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery, but it did denounce the fresh batch of bomb threats. The cemetery's Facebook page said it hopes to publish names of those with damaged headstones by Wednesday morning. "On the other hand, we have seen a board show of support and unity from all across the Jewish community and beyond".

The vandalism came during the same weekend that 11 Jewish centers received bomb threats and were evacuated, making almost 70 threats in the USA since January. Cemetery managers are conducting an inventory to determine the total number of damaged plots, and will make those number available to the public through social media.

Police have not said if the vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime. The police are reviewing surveillance footage but have not established a motive.

Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens said the act of desecration will serve only to unite those it has targeted.

More news: Police officer killed, second officer hurt in Southern California shooting

But, he added, "I don't have to have a personal connection to know that this is not who we are as Americans, and this certainly should not be where we're heading".

Following the cemetery desecration and yet another wave of violent threats to Jewish centers-the fourth round this year-Clinton urged the president to speak out. From their pitiful act of ugliness, we can emerge even more powerful in our faith.

"Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom", the White House said.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, who converted to Judaism after marrying Jared Kushner, also issued a statement condemning the anti-Semitic threats.

  • Adam Floyd