Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Desecration of Jewish Cemeteries and Bomb Threats

Winter 2017

Yesterday morning it was discovered that over 100 headstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA, had been toppled and damaged. This comes less than a week after a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis reported similar desecration to 150 headstones.

Jewish War Veterans of the USA is continuously and closely monitoring the situation. National Commander Carl Singer “condemns the rash of anti-Semitic incidents which have taken place recently in the United States of America and worldwide.”

We have also been in touch with members in the greater Philadelphia area and St. Louis.

Several members of St. Louis Heritage Post 644 went to an assembly of solidarity held last week at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery. Drizin-Weiss Post 215 has visited Mount Carmel Cemetery in the past to place flags on graves of veterans. The Post plans on participating in an upcoming display of solidarity, which is still being planned.

Post Commander M.B. Kanis stated, “This act is an affront to people of every faith. There are graves of veterans in that cemetery who fought for the freedoms that the person responsible for this act enjoys. This act of hate will only bring people of all faiths closer together. If one is targeted, then others will be unless this is stopped.”

The Anti-Defamation League, with support from the Mizel Family Foundation, is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Also within the last week were more bomb threats to JCCs, including some that were called in today. Jewish day schools were also targeted.

These senseless attacks are meant as scare tactics. Fortunately, none of the reported bomb threats were found to be credible. While often used as tactics to incite fear, the threats still need to be taken seriously. Jewish institutions and groups should always reach out to law enforcement and ensure that all members know proper security procedures.

Over the next few days, JWV National will be reaching out to Post, Council, and Department Commanders to learn more about their meeting locations and security procedures.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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