Desecration at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

24 Jun 2014 by CST

CST has received reports of the desecration of a large number of gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery on Rochdale Road, Greater Manchester. Approximately 40 gravestones were pushed over or smashed at some time between 4pm on Sunday 22nd June and 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

This follows the discovery last week of antisemitic graffiti and swastikas on gravestones at the same cemetery.

Greater Manchester Police have recorded this desecration as a hate crime and will provide extra patrols in the area, to reassure the local community and act as a visible deterrent against any further incidents.

This sickening desecration will cause deep distress to the families whose loved ones are buried at Blackley Cemetery. We will work with the Police to support the local community and we call on anybody with information about this desecration to call police on 101 or to contact CST on 0161 792 6666.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth