Several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids, Mich., Were found vandalized with slogans in favor of Trump the day before the president ended his final campaign in the city.
Images of stelae at the cemetery owned by the Israel Ahavas Congregation show many slabs, each of which is sprayed with letters to write “Trump” and “MAGA,” alluding to “Making America Great re, “Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan. It is not clear how many stones have been vandalized.
“This is the main Jewish cemetery in the city of Grand Rapids,” Noah Arbit, founding president of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus Foundation, told Fox News.
The ugly stones, he said, were discovered by a resident of the community.
The image comes a year after the city’s reformed synagogue, Temple Emanuel, was vandalized with anti-Semitic messages. Carolyn Normandin, regional director of the Michigan Anti-Defamation League, stopped calling the vandalism of the cemetery anti-Semitic.
“We don’t see any ordinary symbols like swastika … or anti-Semitic speech,” she told Fox News. “So I cannot draw any conclusions. All we know are the outraged graves in a Jewish cemetery.
Normandin added: “Some of the graves are very old. “These people need rest. Their graves must not be disturbed. Ordinary people do not do things like this. It is disgusting. What a vile.”
Rabbi David Krishef told Fox News that the 125-member congregation has never been a target in the past and that the incident could just be an “act of vandalism” that happened on the Halloween weekend and “not an attack against the Jewish community. “
He said local authorities have been informed. Calls and messages to the Michigan Defamation League were not immediately returned.
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The vandalism came the day before Trump was scheduled to show up at an election night rally in Grand Rapids to end his 2020 reelection campaign. Michigan is a swing state that Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have targeted.
In a tweet, the Michigan Democratic Jews’ Conference blamed Trump for not condemning the White supremeists in many cases.
The group said it “sided with the opposers, the white supremeists, the racists and the stubborn of all kinds”. “Now, our country is paying the price. Tomorrow, we will end it.”