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This was a huge story in early 2017:

So it’s worth following up on before it drops down the memory hole forever. It’s a classic example that not all phony hate crimes are intentional hate hoaxes. This allows institutions in the Hate Racket to get away with downplaying the amount of bilge they retail by defining Hate Hoaxes very narrowly.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Man who toppled headstones at Jewish cemetery in U. City gets probation
By Erin Heffernan St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20 hrs ago

CLAYTON • A man who told police he toppled more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in University City in 2017 because he was drunk, on drugs and mad at a friend was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and a suspended sentence.

Alzado Harris was charged with the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in University City in February 2017.

… Harris confessed to toppling about 120 gravestones at the cemetery sometime between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 2017, according to University City police.

The crime captured the country’s attention and drew widespread condemnation.

The vandalism came at a time when Jewish community centers nationwide were getting a string of bomb threats — threats a different St. Louis-area man was eventually charged with making.

Threats against Jewish groups earn former St. Louis journalist 5 years in prison

Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim social justice advocate from Philadelphia, and another volunteer raised $160,000 for restoration efforts at the cemetery within a few weeks of the vandalism.

In addition to the money raised by the Muslim group, the Jewish Federation raised almost $250,000, which organizers said would go toward security upgrades not just at Chesed Shel Emeth, but all Jewish cemeteries around the St. Louis region.

Vice President Mike Pence came to town and walked the cemetery grounds alongside then-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, assessing the damage. Pence told volunteers who turned out to help clean up the site that they showed the heart of the state and the nation.

“There is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,” Pence said during the visit.

But charges against Harris contained no hint of a religious or anti-Semitic motive.

“There is no evidence to indicate the incident was racially, ethnically or religiously motivated,” University City police said in a news release last year.

Instead, Harris was drunk, high on marijuana and angry at a friend, authorities said. The friend had recently dropped him off near the cemetery, and he took out his anger there, prosecutors said. He hopped the fence and began toppling headstones.

Harris has a criminal history that includes multiple burglary convictions. He’s also been convicted of stealing a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, assault and marijuana possession.

 
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  1. guest says:

    I cannot understand their obsession with headstones. I’ve never heard a real-life anti-semite talk about kicking one over, and they don’t hang out in Jewish cemeteries. Obviously desecration of graves is a Thing, but aren’t random assault and iconoclasm more American?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Bill P
  2. Non-Jewish cemeteries in my area are also occasionally vandalized; headstones knocked over or broken in half, empty beer bottles smashed, litter strewn about. Apparently it’s not national news if it’s not a specifically Jewish cemetery.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  3. J.Ross says: • Website

    Catholic churches in France (and probably all over Western Europe) have been getting viciously attacked (at the worse end including attacks on clergy) and nobody’s talking about it but God forbid a Jewish gravestone that’s not even attended to by the relatives of the deceased should fall over.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  4. J.Ross says: • Website

    The twitter account of the museum at Auschwitz posted a nagging grievance about bored (probably Israeli) teenagers anti-Semitically walking on the train rails. If Philip Roth hadn’t had his brains sucked out he would cotton on to this being about a perfectionist utopian ideology unable to accept teenagers being teenagers.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  5. Nevertheless, all these non-hate non-hoax incidents have already been logged and filed as “hate crimes” at the FBI, SPLC, ADL, etc. and will duly plump up the numbers released each year under scare headlines about the “Rising Tide of Hate“. No retractions, amendments, or apologies will be forthcoming.

  6. Anonymous[195] • Disclaimer says:
    @guest

    Jews and Muslims wrecking each others gravestones is a normal part of the quarrel in the Middle East.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Craig Nelsen
  7. @J.Ross

    You have any links? I googled “france cemetery vandalism -jewish” and got articles about vandalized military cemeteries, but not much else.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Lot
    , @HA
    , @Tono Bungay
  8. Attention caucasians, “I was drunk and on marijuana” will not be an acceptable statement at your hate crime trial.

  9. Anon[193] • Disclaimer says:

    He was drunk and high (and angry) for a continuous period of four days, during which time he kept returning to the cemetery after catching some Z’s at his apartment and snacking at Popeyes?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  10. J.Ross says: • Website
    @International Jew

    See? Newsweek. Like I said, nobody.
    Also note: officials just can’t wrap their heads around any particular thing that mighta happened recently which could explain this completely mysterious poltergeistification.
    But anything threatening Jews is self-explanatory and brooks no head-scratching.
    https://www.newsweek.com/spate-attacks-catholic-churches-france-sees-altars-desecrated-christ-statue-1370800
    I tried posting a video of an attack in Canada but it didn’t go through.

  11. Lot says:
    @International Jew

    J Ross didn’t say cemeteries.

    Muslims attack Normandy church, film themselves slitting elderly priest’s throat:

    https://www.nola.com/crime/2016/07/normandy_church_attack_isis.html

    Failed attempt to car bomb Notre Dame:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_Cathedral_bombing_attempt

    Muslims attack Filipine church, kill 20, injure 100:

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/january/philippines-jolo-cathedral-bombing-bangsamoro-abu-sayyaf.html

    Strasbourg Cathedral bombing plot:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strasbourg_Cathedral_bombing_plot

  12. Easy solution. Gently lay all the headstones over on their back. What hater is going to spend time standing them up?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J.Ross
  13. wren says:

    OT: The Dilbert guy notes that lots of hoaxes are falling apart over the weekend; not just the collusion hoax, but the “fine people on both sides” hoax as well.

    I am not sure that that hoax has really been taken down though.

  14. MikeN says:

    When I was a student at my Catholic high school a few years ago, some unknown person broke the hands and head off of an outdoor statue of the Virgin Mary. I don’t recall the Vice President making an appearance. Don’t even think it made the local newspaper.

  15. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    Apparently it’s not just teenagers and it’s mainly Brits.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8693167/ignorant-tourists-holocaust-auschwitz-rail-track/

    It’s not nagging to tell people not to clown around and to behave respectfully in what is in effect a giant cemetery with a million unmarked graves. It’s not Disneyland, it’s a site of mass murder. Anyone over the age of six should be able to understand that some places are not really suitable for practicing your balance beam skills. Is skateboarding OK?

  16. Jack D says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    You’re joking but in Britain this is done intentionally because people have been hurt by falling stones.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1312553/Councils-topple-tombstones-over-safety-risk.html

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  17. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    In Saudi Arabia they wreck their own monuments. Sunni Islam opposes idol worship and this is taken to include any sort of memorial or shrine by the Wahhabi extremists.

  18. @Lot

    There was one this week in Montreal I think.

  19. Coemgen says:

    Hoax or hysteria: the important thing is that aspersions are cast.

    It’s all Hate Voodoo.

  20. El Dato says:

    Last week there was a hit in Fall River, Massachusetts:

    ‘This is MAGA country’: Jewish cemetery defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in MA (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

    “Oy vey! This is MAGA country,” and correctly drawn swastikas? I’m less than convinced.

    Robert Trestan, regional director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, tweets:

    “Expel the Jew”, “Hitler was right”, “Kike”, “Jew Bastard”, “Ethnic cleansing”, “Heil Hitler”#AntiSemitic words of #hate deface dozens of headstones in targeted attack at #FallRiverMA Jewish cemetery. Enough! pic.twitter.com/OgcJtCUUfU

    — Robert Trestan (@rtrestan) March 20, 2019

  21. Dr. X says:

    …so a drunk, stoned Negro vandalizing a graveyard can get the Vice-President to personally fly in on Air Force Two???

    Pretty serious stuff, indeed. Maybe Trump and Pompeo should recognize Jewish control of the Golan, or something, to atone for all these vicious hate crimes…

    • Replies: @Jack D
  22. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    OK? More like radical!

  23. Jack D says:
    @Dr. X

    No, not at all. If they had know it was a vibrant person of color who had knocked over all the gravestones, they would not have flown in the VP. Black people lack agency – if they had known that a herd of wild horses had knocked over the stones, they would not have flown over the VP either. The presumption at the time was that white Neo-Nazis had done it.

  24. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    Yeah, wait a minute, what? He came back multiple times? That befuddle anybody else’s inner Vic Mackee? How does a graveyard permit the third repeat of the same attack by the same guy using the same method? Are these guys by any chance running that graveyard?

    (Excuse that thing in the corner, I don’t know what it is and couldn’t get rid of it.)

  25. Jack D says:

    When I visited my father’s shtetl in Poland, the cemetery was badly neglected, especially in comparison to the spit and polish Catholic cemeteries – the Poles still take their cemeteries seriously and visit their dead regularly, bringing flowers, etc. But the wrought iron fence around the Jewish cemetery still stood as did a number (though only a small %) of elaborate gravestones. But wild trees had sprouted up, there were broken beer bottles, etc. But not 5 miles from where I live there is an abandoned Jewish cemetery that fell into ruin after the last burials in the 1920s that didn’t look all that different until recently when people started making efforts to clean it up.

    But when I visited my mother’s shtetl in Western Ukraine, it was a different situation. We asked a grizzled old man where the Jewish cemetery was and he took his cane and pointed to the top of a nearby hill (it must have been a shlep to get the deceased up there in the old days). So we drove to the hill (there was no real road but a dirt track under some high tension lines) and at first we thought that we were in the wrong place and had misunderstood where the old man was pointing. It was just an open field with uncut hay. But we wandered about for a while and eventually we found a fragment of 1 broken gravestone with Hebrew writing on it. But just 1 fragment. When we got back to the village we asked an old toothless woman holding a pitchfork (I swear to you that the Ukrainians looked like they were from Central Casting, riding around in horse drawn hay wagons, etc.) what happened to the gravestones – she told us that after the war they had been used to pave the floor of the cowbarn at the local kolkhoz (collective farm).

    • Replies: @International Jew
  26. @Jack D

    Jack, I make commenting for you too easy. Who knew about horizonal headstones?

  27. Bill P says:
    @guest

    Grave desecration is essentially meaningless to Christians, whereas it is loaded with symbolism to Jews.

    Christians just see it as base stupidity — like what that drunk black guy was doing.

    This is why the marauding nazis desecrating Jewish cemeteries story is mostly imaginary, kind of like medieval Christian stories about Jews desecrating the host.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  28. HA says:
    @International Jew

    “You have any links? “

    Apart from one story in Breitbart, most of the links I saw (care of a search for ‘france churches vandalized’) were indeed only in Catholic journals:

    Twelve French churches attacked and vandalized in one week

    French churches attacked and vandalized…

  29. @Lot

    Thanks, indeed I didn’t read carefully.

    Nonetheless, it’s not like those other incidents weren’t reported. I heard about a couple of them at the time they happened. The one where they slaughtered a priest in his church got a lot of coverage in fact.

  30. @Anonymous

    According to a guest editorial in the New York Times a few years back titled “Why Jews Are Worried”, Muslims hate Jews because Christian missionaries imported anti-Semitism into the Middle East. Absurd as that is, it seems there is a substantial portion of Jews who will sincerely believe that. There is no arguing with them. It’s like they have a gene that allows them to believe any kind of insanity as long as it’s exculpatory.

    Incidentally, that piece ran next to an editorial blaming the riots in Ferguson on the “local white power structure”.

  31. El Dato says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “A lady got shot three times and her daughter got shot in the leg by the pellets.

    “We all got down on the ground to not get hit by the shots. It was a big gun but the bullets were pellets.

    “He was running around with it. You could see it as he ran past us.”

    > Guy with a pellet gun
    > Everybody covers
    > No-one gets up, smacks the guy in the face and takes the pellet gun away

    I guess in the UK, the fear of “guns” is now an ingrained reflex.

  32. a reader says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    No demographic mentioned in the latter story.

    Nearly half of Mitcham’s population is African/Caribbean/”Asian”.

  33. @HA

    most of the links I saw were indeed only in Catholic journals”

    That’s because attacks on Christian churches are treated by msm as dog-bites-man “vandalism” and don’t even get reported that much. Hate crime treatment as below is pretty rare.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/vandalism-of-roman-catholic-churchs-statue-called-hate-crime-11551134690

    “The vandalism of a statue at a Roman Catholic church in Brooklyn last week was a hate crime, New York Police Department officials said Monday.

    Investigators are searching for a suspect who removed the statue of Our Lady of Cisne from St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at around 12 p.m. on Wednesday and threw it in a garbage can across the street, according to NYPD officials. The police department released surveillance footage on Monday showing an unidentified man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt taking the statue.”

  34. a reader says:

    At the beginning of this month, an earth-shattering event happened in France; a memorial to some synagogue was reduced to rubble in a typical display of hate by hordes of French anti-semites.

    The president and a couple of ministers hurried to assuage our persecuted brothers.

    This 2nd Holocaust was the main only subject on all media during the following days.

    And then …

  35. Mr. Anon says:
    @Bill P

    Grave desecration is essentially meaningless to Christians, whereas it is loaded with symbolism to Jews.

    Perhaps that’s because Judaism is to a certain extent a religion based on ancestor worship.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  36. @Jack D

    It’s not nagging to tell people not to clown around and to behave respectfully in what is in effect a giant cemetery with a million unmarked graves. It’s not Disneyland, it’s a site of mass murder. Anyone over the age of six should be able to understand that some places are not really suitable for practicing your balance beam skills. Is skateboarding OK?

    I agree.

    And it’s good that adult Jews are known for their meticulous sensitivity to other peoples’ sacred cows.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  37. @International Jew

    I live in France and have NEVER heard about Catholic cemeteries or churches, except in reports from a tiny group that fights “racism” against Catholics and French people. But Jewish cemeteries get the full treatment: big stories in the media and lamentations from the politicians. E.G., https://www.parismatch.com/Actu/Societe/Un-cimetiere-juif-profane-en-Alsace-Macron-va-se-rendre-sur-place-1606619

  38. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    The people asking visitors to behave respectfully were not Jews or Jewish organizations but the administrators of the museum, who are Polish.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  39. A Hate Hoax is the spark, Hate Hysteria is the fire it starts.

  40. Jack D says:
    @Mr. Anon

    No it’s because many of the Jewish cemeteries of E. Europe were desecrated during/after the Holocaust, so Jewish grave desecration is associated with Holocausting.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  41. @Jack D

    Yes, to its credit, Poland has been very good about our cemeteries and our ruined synagogues, even now that they often sit on valuable land near city centers.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  42. anonymous[479] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    “Instructing the ignorant” is one of the corporal works of mercy in the Christian tradition, and you should be praised for that, JD.

  43. Jack D says:
    @International Jew

    I was surprised to see the spot where the main synagogue of Radom (the nearest city to my father’s shtetl ) stood (the Nazis burned it) had been kept as an open square. There was a good sized memorial that was erected immediately after the war when Poland still had a few Jews (including a lot of Communist officials) and the street in front of it was renamed for Mordechai Anielewicz. Surprisingly, after the ’67 purge (when most of the remaining Jews were accused of being Israeli spies) they left the square, the name and the monument alone. Then again the Communists left a lot of stuff alone because they didn’t have the money to change them. Lemberg (Lviv) looks like a time capsule from the Hapsburg Empire.

  44. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jack D

    Surely it happened before WWII as well?

    Anyway, cemetaries are a common target for vandalism, just as churches are for vandalism, theft, and arson – because people mostly aren’t there.

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