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Desecrated Cemeteries: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Trump's America

The recent desecrations of headstones at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and Missouri are more than a casual act of anti-Semitism. They are a transgression against the sacred legacies beneath the soil, the stories, the passions, the miseries and the celebrations remembered by the tombstones.  

Hearing about the 539 headstones that were damaged and toppled at the at the Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia last weekend, less than one week after as many as 200 headstones were toppled at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri, brought a memory from almost 20 years ago rushing back to me.  Read more.

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