Jewish Community Attacked - 50 Gravestones Damaged
Israel News Agency
Ct --- October 22, 2012 ... Over 40 gravestones were turned over
and vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in Hartford, Ct.
The cemetery, which had no security, was attacked over the weekend.
Police Departments Major Crimes Division has begun an investigation
into the vandalism at the Congregational Israel cemetery, according
to Police Chief James C. Rovella. Police suspect that this was
a hate crime which may very well be anti-semitism.
of the Congregation Israel cemetery located at the corner of Waverly
Street and Tower Avenue in North Hartford, reported that gravestones
were disturbed in a vandalism spree that will cost well
over $20,000 to properly repair."
superintendent learned of the damage from a congregation member
who regularly visits his sons grave, the statement said.
of the headstones that were overturned were secured to their bases,
requiring extensive repair work. There are no known suspects at
this time. One monument was over six feet tall when standing.
In two locations a number of gravestones in a row were overturned.
Extra patrol attention is being directed for these cemeteries.
that the vandalism was performed by a small group as the gravestones
weigh between 800 to 1,200 pounds.
News Agency was on the scene today where local and national
TV camera crews were searching for people to interview.
At this time the Jewish
Federation of Greater Hartford is getting out their first
news release and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) told the Israel
News Agency that they were aware of the attack and thank the
Hartford Police for placing much time and effort into the investigation.
ADL Regional Director Gary Jones expects to hold a news conference
with community leaders in the coming days.
could anyone gain from doing this?" asked Jewish community
leader Herb Shook.
is very sad, very tragic for those who have parents, sons, daughters
buried here. I wanted to come out here and make sure one way or
another whether or not my parent's stones were affected. Fortunately
for me they were not. Not so fortunate for others," said
Shook, a member of Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor.
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Repairing the damage could take weeks and cost more than $20,000,
according to cemetery officials.
are encouraging anyone with information about who's responsible
for the damage to come forward.
headstones toppled over was one of a Jewish US Army soldier who
was recently killed in Afghanistan. Many other graves in the cemetery
are marked with American flags honoring those who served in the
US military and or fell in World War 2, the Korean War, Vietnam
by NBC and CBS, this author noted that in Israel we do not suffer
from anti-semitism but rather war. That this kind of racist hate
has no place in this world and that only education and tolerance
could serve as an effective solution. That the police might not
be able to prevent this kind of disgusting, despicable act but
through forensics and intelligence should be able to find those
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important to find out why they did it. To me, that's the bottom
line. Why did you do this? And try to correct it and try to educate
people to avoid having this happen again," said Shook. "There
is a Jewish, Hebrew expression Am Yisrael Chai - the Jewish
people lives. We have for 4,000 years and will continue to do
so in spite of this."
information about the incident, no matter how slight, that may
be of assistance to police investigators, is asked to contact
Hartford Police Major Crimes Division Commander Lieutenant Brian
Foley at 860-757-4463 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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