In University City, MO, near St. Louis, a historic Jewish cemetery was vandalized by anti-Semetic thugs, who knocked over headstones and broke property. The police are not yet able to discuss whether this case will be considered a hate crime. More than 100 headstones were damaged in the attack.
Residents were shocked and began to flock to the cemetery and see if the graves of any of their loved ones were affected by this. Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery has a historic section with tombstones dating back before the 1960s.
Police believe this was an organized crime, and not the work of an individual, and are working on catching the suspects involved.
“These are holocaust survivors that are in here they shouldn’t have to endure anymore trauma let them be settled,” said Robin Rickerman whose elders including great aunts and uncles are buried at the gravesite.
“I can’t believe people would do that anywhere to anyone, it’s just wrong,” said Golda Burke whose grandparents on her dad side are buried on the other side of the vandalized site.
Fox2 also reports, “According to cemetery executive director, Anita Feigenbaum a clean-up effort is being planned. Feigenbaum, said the Muslim community has offered to help with the effort as well. All Nations Church has is collecting donations to be given to the cemetery.”
This comes as a wave of anti-Semetic acts have been reported across the U.S.