Vandalism Ruled Out for Now as Cause of Toppled Jewish Graves at Delaware County Cemetery: Police

Police have ruled out vandalism for now in damage to numerous gravestones discovered Friday by a woman visiting Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County.

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Mona Ezra and her mother discovered toppled headstones like these when they walked into Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County on Friday.
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Mona Ezra and her mother discovered toppled headstones like these when they walked into Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County on Friday.
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The women were at the cemetery to pay respects at the grave of their father and husband.
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Ezra said her father's gravesite was not damaged, but she estimated as many as 30 different graves were toppled.
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Springfield police initially told NBC10 they are investigating the incident, but said the morning after the toppled gravestones were found that vandalism has been ruled out for now.
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While Springfield police have ruled out vandalism, this is the second time extensive damage to headstones in a Jewish cemetery in the Philadelphia area has been found in recent months. Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section suffered extensive damage after being vandalized in February.
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The February incident in Philadelphia was one of several targeted attacks against Jewish cemeteries across the United States.
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Anyone with information about the damage at Mt. Sharon Cemetery can call the Springfield Township Police Department at (610)544-1100.
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