The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Michigan said on Monday that several tombstones in the Ahavas Israel Cemetery in Grand Rapids had been desecrated with “Trump” and “MAGA” in red spray paint. The civil rights organization tweeted several photos that showed the spray paint on tombstones. The incident is believed to have taken place over the weekend. The cemetery is owned by the Ahavas Israel Congregation. The Grand Rapids Police Department would not comment on the incident when reached by The Hill. David J.B. Krishef, the congregation’s rabbi, said in a statement to The Hill that it was unclear if the vandalism was an attack on the Jewish community. (…) Though neither Krishef nor Normandin said there is evidence to suggest this incident was due to anti-Semitism, Normandin says it cannot be ignored that anti-Jewish harassment has been on the rise. According to the ADL’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., there were 2,107 reported incidents in 2019, 12 percent more than in 2018 and the highest number recorded since the audit was established in 1979. Of the more than 2,000 incidents last year, 61 involved vandalism. Incidents came from every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.
via TheHill: Jewish cemetery desecrated with ‘Trump’ spray paint