Headstones Reportedly Toppled at Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery, NYPD Investigating

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A toppled headstone at the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
A toppled headstone at the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.Credit: Dov Hikind/Twitter screenshot

The New York Police Department is investigating a report of possible vandalism at a predominantly Jewish cemetery.

An NYPD spokesman said Sunday the department's hate crimes division has been notified of headstones found toppled over at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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.

On Thursday, a Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, was vandalized, but the nonprofit managing the site said there's no proof the incident was a hate crime.

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

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