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Anti-hate rally set in Philadelphia after cemetery vandalism

05 March 2017

Less than a week later, a similar attack knocked down more than 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Dragon said local police were still studying the Rochester cemetery damage, which includes defacing photographs on headstones, to determine what damage happened Wednesday and what may have happened earlier but gone unnoticed. This followed an incident in St. Louis, Missouri, in which vandals damaged 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed State Police to investigate the Rochester incident as a possible hate crime.

A Jewish community group has organized a "Stand Against Hate" rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia in response to the recent vandalism of a Jewish cemetery and hate crimes around the country.

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Rochester's local Democrat & Chronicle reported in an interview with the non-profit's president, Michael Phillips, that he doesn't want to, "label it (the vandalism) anti-Semitism". The Anti-Defamation League is offering a 10,000 U.S. dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

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"The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out and speak out forcefully against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country", said David Posner, an official with JCC Association of North America.

Anti-hate rally set in Philadelphia after cemetery vandalism