Vandals knocked over and damaged dozens of headstones at a historic Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri, but police so far have shied from labeling the act a hate crime.
“Police would not say if they considered the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery to be a hate crime.
“It is believed there was some organization behind the crime, meaning this was not the act of one individual.”
Why the foot-dragging?
As previously reported on PamelaGeller.com, such reluctance to call a hate crime against the Jewish people a hate crime is an alarming trend.
Here’s some background, from Pamela Geller:
“According to the JCC Association of North America, there have been 69 incidents at 54 centers in 27 states since Jan. 9. …
“February 1, 2017: Death Threats, Bomb Threats Called In at Jewish Community Centers in at Least 10 US States
“January 18, 2017: Scores of NEW BOMB THREATS Against Jewish Community Centers Across America While Media Covers Anti-Muslim Hate HOAX Crimes
“January 9, 2017: Bomb threats at Jewish centers across America
“January 5, 2017: wo Orlando Jewish community institutions had to be evacuated after receiving separate bomb threats.”
That’s just in the past few weeks.
The Missouri vandals hit the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, and police so far believe it was an organized crime.
Again, from KTVI:
“It is believed there was some organization behind the crime, meaning this was not the act of one individual.
“The tombstones vandalized are in an older section of the cemetery; much of which pre-date 1960.
“A steady stream of people were stopping by to see if the toppled headstones belonged to any of their family members who are buried at the site.
“‘These are holocaust survivors that are in here they shouldn’t have to endure anymore trauma let them be settled,’ said Robin Rickerman whose elders including great aunts and uncles are buried at the gravesite.
“‘I can’t believe people would do that anywhere to anyone, it’s just wrong,’ said Golda Burke whose grandparents on her dad side are buried on the other side of the vandalized site.
“‘It’s not ok,’ she said, ‘it’s never ok to desecrate the dead.’
“Police said they’re reviewing security camera footage from the area.
“More than 100 headstones were damaged.”