This morning, New York City Councilman David Greenfield condemned the desecration of Brooklyn’s largest Jewish cemetery and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
Sometime between the evening of Friday, December 17, and the morning of Sunday, December 19t, vandals entered Washington Cemetery, on Bay Parkway near McDonald Avenue, and toppled over 50 headstones, spraying graffiti on many of them. Greenfield learned today that this was the second time in as many weeks that vandals had hit the cemetery. This current vandalism was reported to the police on Sunday morning and the NYPD was immediately brought in to investigate. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime by the NYPD.
Greenfield denounced the vandals, saying, “We will not accept this kind of crime in our community. These vandals have violated the sanctity of the final resting place of over 150,000 Jewish New Yorkers,” Greenfield explained. “We will work with the NYPD and community groups to do everything in our power to ensure that these sick perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Greenfield is encouraging anyone who may have seen something to call the 66th Precinct of the NYPD at 718.851.5611.
“I am offering a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who were responsible for this vandalism. But, please, don’t just report this for the money. Report this because it is the right thing to do,” Greenfield concluded.