New York Police investigate possible vandalism at Jewish cemetery

Stacy Biscardi searches the grounds of Mount Carmel Cemetery for a relatives' grave Tuesday Feb. 28 2017 in Philadelphia. Scores of volunteers are expected to help in an organized effort to clean up and restore the Jewish cemetery where vandals

Tombstones knocked over at a historic Jewish cemetery were not damaged by recent vandalism, and instead have been toppled for years, the cemetery and the NYPD said.

Investigators say the 40 tombstones were discovered lying down in Washington Cemetery yesterday.

This is the fourth such case of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries across the United States over the past month.

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the Borough Park neighborhood that is home to both the cemetery and one of New York City's largest Orthodox Jewish populations, posted photographs of the damage on his Twitter and Facebook page Saturday night.

According to his tweet, Hikind has spoken with local police. An NYPD hate-crime task force is investigating whether the incident was intentional.

In 2010, some 200 headstones were toppled in the same Brooklyn cemetery, over a Friday night and Saturday, when the cemetery is closed.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday in a visit to Israel that his state will not tolerate acts of anti-Semitism.

On Thursday, about 16 headstones were toppled and several other defaced at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.