Police: No Evidence of Vandalism at Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery

The 42 tombstones came down as a result of a number of factors, the New York city Police Department says, including long-term neglect and environmental factors.

Members of the Jewish community inspect toppled headstone at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, March 5, 2017.
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The New York Police Department said on Sunday that no evidence of vandalism has been found at a predominantly Jewish cemetery where more than 40 tombstones were toppled over.

The NYPD said that after consultation with the management of the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, it was determined the 42 tombstones came down as a result of a number of factors. Those include long-term neglect or lack of maintenance, as well as environmental factors such as soil erosion.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos Saturday night showing some headstones on the ground. There has been a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and 122 bomb threats called in to Jewish organizations in three dozen states since early January.

The last two weeks saw vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis, as well as two more waves of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers, schools and institutions across the country, representing the fourth and fifth waves of such harassment this year.

Authorities said on Friday that Juan Thompson, a former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories, made at least eight threats against Jewish institutions nationwide as part of a campaign against his ex-girlfriend.