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Headstones toppled at Brooklyn Jewish cemetery in 4th incident in two weeks

Vandalised Jewish tombstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia

A number of tombstones were overturned in an historic Jewish cemetery in NY, police said Sunday, the latest in rising number of apparent anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. More than 500 headstones were found broken and overturned at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia earlier this month, shortly after over 100 headstones were vandalized at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos of the gravestones.

The vandalism at the Washington Cemetery was discovered on Saturday night, according to reports. He said he was alerted to the toppled headstones by the Boro Park Shomrim organization, a Jewish security patrol.

It is not known who toppled the headstones or why.

On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the cemetery vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish institutions while on a visit to Jerusalem. An NYPD hate-crime task force is investigating whether the incident was intentional.

The rash of vandalism and bomb threats have stirred fears of a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States since Donald Trump's election as president in January.

Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Cuomo says the incidents "violated every tenet of the New York State tradition".