Police Captain Fredrick Lemons says they have no viable leads, after checking on several tips since the vandalism occurred. It was the third act of vandalism in a wave of Jewish cemetery desecrations in the U.S. over the past two weeks. Headstones were toppled and images of the deceased were scratched off at least half a dozen of them.
Thursday's Rally Against Hate will be hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Construction workers have offered their services for free. He also proposed $25 million in the state budget to bolster security at religious institutions and installed a $5,000 reward for any information leading to a hate-crime conviction. A police organisation is offering 3,000 dollars.
In the past month, Jewish day schools, community centers and synagogues have been targeted by more than 180 bomb threats. The FBI is investigating.
"The vandalism and the bomb threats and at the Pennsylvania Jewish community in these past few days are absolutely reprehensible".
"The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out and speak out forcefully against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country", said David Posner, an official with JCC Association of North America.
The non-profit organization that runs the cemetery says that so far, no swastikas or similar anti-Jewish graffiti have been discovered, so the attack has not been labeled a hate crime.