Phila. Unions Condemn Vandalism, Offer To Repair and Secure Jewish Cemetery

6 years ago
Amanda Ferry

The Building Trades Council and the Electrical Workers Union are offering to help repair damage and install security cameras at a Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery that was vandalized the weekend of February 26-27.

Damage was done to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, where more than 100 headstones were either

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A man looks at fallen tombstones at the Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery, February 26, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.
Police say more than 100 tombstones were vandalized a week after a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was desecrated. (DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

knocked over or heavily damaged in the act of vandalism.

Two Philadelphia unions said they will provide free services to help repair and secure the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Bobby Henon, a Philadelphia council member with union ties who represents the Wissinoming neighborhood where the cemetery is located, tweeted Monday evening that the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council offered to replace the toppled headstones. He also tweeted that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 98 offered to install additional lighting and security cameras.
Labor leader John Dougherty, of the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, issued a statement that the act of vandalism is a “cowardly act of anti-Semitism that cannot be tolerated.”
The incident has made national headlines. Meanwhile, reward money has reached approximately $69,000 according to published reports as of March 1. A GoFundMe page has also been organized to support the cleanup effort.