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FBI offers $10,000 for tips leading to arrest of Ohio cemetery vandals

U.S. President Joe Biden said the "despicable" and "vile" desecration of graves at two Jewish cemeteries "is antisemitism."

An FBI agent listens to the operation pre-briefing for Operation Dead Hand in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2024. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An FBI agent listens to the operation pre-briefing for Operation Dead Hand in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2024. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the vandal or vandals, who desecrated graves at two Jewish cemeteries in Ohio.

“The vandalism of nearly 200 graves at two Jewish cemeteries near Cincinnati is despicable,” U.S. President Joe Biden wrote on Wednesday. “This is antisemitism and it is vile.”

“I condemn these acts and commit my administration to support investigators in holding those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law,” the president added.

Earlier in the week, Rep. Greg Landsman (D-Ohio), who is Jewish, told JNS that “the current explosion of antisemitism is real, and it has no boundaries” and that “these headstones will stand again, and I hope those responsible will be caught and brought to justice.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote that “targeting Jewish cemeteries and desecrating headstones is heartless, sacrilegious and vile.”

“Those responsible must be held accountable for this hateful act of vandalism,” he wrote.

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