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Gravestones At Michigan Jewish Cemetery Vandalized With Pro-Trump Messages Ahead Of Election Day

gravestones at michigan jewish cemetery vandalized with pro-trump messages ahead of election day
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Vandals spray-paint 'pro-Trump' messages on Michigan's Jewish cemetery gravestones.

Police are investigating vandalism that left several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids spray-painted 'TRUMP' and 'MAGA.'

gravestones at michigan jewish cemetery vandalized with pro-trump messages ahead of election day

The vandalism occurred just hours before Trump's final campaign rallies began in Grand Rapids.

According to reports, police officers found six headstones spray-painted with red paint at a 100-year-old Ahavas Israel Cemetery.

Police Sgt. John Wittkowski said the cemetery is in an 'out-of-the-way place,' so there are no leads or video.

Also, they haven't arrested any suspects in connection with the incident.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also said it's working with local authorities and the Jewish community to investigate the incident.

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ADL Posted Photos on Twitter, Showing the Vandalism

gravestones at michigan jewish cemetery vandalized with pro-trump messages ahead of election day

The organization's director, Carolyn Normandin, cautioned that it's too soon to classify the incident as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Carolyn added:

Tensions are high, and everyone is on alert for all kinds of difficulties.

But this, in particular, is heinous because it's awful to know that somebody would disturb gravesites. It's just not okay.

Carolyn also described the incident as 'disgusting and vile.'

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She added:

It's hard to know what is going on in the minds of anyone who would attack a gravesite.

It's a personal attack on an individual who can't do anything about it.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus condemned the incident as an apparent act of anti-Semitic intimidation.

In a statement, it said:

Make no mistake. This heinous act was committed on the eve of the 2020 election to send an intimidating message to the president's opponents, particularly Jewish voters. But it has failed.

gravestones at michigan jewish cemetery vandalized with pro-trump messages ahead of election day

Rep. Justin Amash, a Libertarian from Michigan whose district includes Grand Rapids, also said:

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We stand united with our Jewish friends and neighbors against this disgusting act of vandalism, desecration, and hate toward our fellow human beings.

Antisemitism must find no home in our community.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), who's Jewish, said the incident was 'deeply disturbing,' especially since there's a spike in anti-Semitic cases in Michigan.

She said:

Our system is brimming with tension, hate, and bigotry.

We're at risk of it becoming normal. It's never been more important to find a path forward.

People Also Slammed the Incident on Twitter and Saw it as a Wake-Up Call for Voters

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The Ahavas Israel Cemetery, which belongs to a Conservative synagogue of the same name, sits in a leafy, residential part of Grand Rapids near Catholic, Lithuanian American, and city-run graveyards.

The Congregation Ahavas Israel is one of the synagogues in Grand Rapids, where the Jewish population totals more than 1,000 people.

It hasn't been long since this community faced a similar hateful attack.

Last year, an extremist neo-Nazi group placed anti-Semitic posters on the outside of a nearby synagogue.

One of the posters read:

A crusade against Semite led subhumans.