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Jewish Cemetery of Northeastern Philadelphia vandalised

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Feb 28, 2017: The Jewish cemetery of Mount Carmel in the Wissinoming neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia was found vandalized on Sunday morning, the perpetrators are still unidentified. The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning by a man visiting his father’s grave. According to a detective of Philadelphia Police Department, 75 to 100 headstones have been knocked over and few are broken. This incident happened less than a week after the vandalism of another Jewish cemetery- the St. Louis cemetery which contains the remains of Holocaust survivors, where 154 headstones were damaged according to CNN.

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In the month of January this year, there were 48 bomb threats in different Jewish centers across the country.

A fund-raising campaign was launched by two Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi to pay for the knocked over headstones after the cemetery of St Louis was vandalized, and raised more than $1,30,000. Some of the extra funds would go for the restoration of the Philadelphia cemetery, El-Messidi had written on Facebook.
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Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel

The fresh dispute comes weeks after Israel criticised a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes

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Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.
Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv. Wikimedia Commons

Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust, the media reported.

The Tel Aviv police have launched an inquiry after profanities and the word “murderer” were also discovered on Sunday, reports the BBC.

Morawiecki’s made the controversial remarks at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

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The comments have been strongly condemned by Israel.

Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.
Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv. Wikimedia Commons

He has since said through a spokeswoman that he did not intend to blame Jewish victims for “a Nazi German perpetrated genocide”.

The fresh dispute comes weeks after Israel criticised a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes.

The legislation was signed into law by President Andrzej Duda but also referred to the country’s highest court to consider its constitutionality. (IANS)

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