Police Rule Out Vandalism as Cause of Damage in Pennsylvania Jewish Cemetery

According to a local woman who discovered the toppled and broken headstones when visiting her father's grave, some 30 were damaged

The Mt. Sharon Crematory in Springfield Pennsylvania.
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Police rule out vandalism as cause of damage d tombstones in Jewish cemetery in Springfield, Pennsylvania, NBC10 news reported Saturday.

What was originally reported as another case of anti-Semitic vandalism, when a local woman, Mora Ezra, visited her father's grave at the Mt. Sharon Cemetery, and found toppled and broken tombstones. After NBC10 reported the story, the local police said it would investigate the alleged vandalism.

The police contacted the cemetery, which explained that the damage was the result of "environmental factors, age, trees and bush removal," Springfield police Sgt. Pat McKenna told NBC10.

In February, another Pennsylvania Jewish cemetery, Philadelphia's Mt. Carmel, fell victim to vandalism. Between dozens to hundreds of headstones were broken and toppled.

That incident followed a similar case of vandalism in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis where hundreds were also damaged.