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Jewish Cemetery Vandalized In Philadelphia

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A Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was vandalized less than a week after a similar incident in Missouri. More than 100 headstones were damaged at the Mount Carmel cemetery, police said Sunday. The destruction was reported by a man who arrived at the cemetery and found his relatives’ tombstones damaged. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement saying authorities would do everything possible to find the perpetrators. “My heart breaks for the families who found their loved ones’ headstones toppled,” he said, adding that “hate is not permissible in Philadelphia.” The incident also caught the attention of Israeli Foreign Minister Emmanuel Nahshon, who said it was “shocking and a source of worry” to hear about the vandalism, the Associated Press reported. Last week, more than 150 tombstones were damaged at a St. Louis cemetery in an attack that raised fears about a rise in anti-Semitism. In light of the latest incident, the Anti-Defamation League, with support from the Mizel Family Foundation, is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.

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