Muslim leaders express solidarity with Philly Jewish cemetery after headstones are vandalized

by Sam Newhouse

The 100 headstones toppled over at Mount Carmel’s cemetery in Frankford happened sometime on Saturday night. It came a day before dozens of Jewish centers along the East Coast received bomb threats, including 11 in Pennsylvania.

Local leaders of all faiths have deplored the Mount Carmel incident, with some openly connecting the rise in hate crime-related incidents, including those in Philadelphia, to the election of President Donald Trump.

Jacob Bender, who is executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Philadelphia office, was one of them. He said all faiths should “join together to defeat the extremist elements now on the rise throughout our nation, including some at the highest echelons of our national government.” Continue reading…