Jewish cemetery headstones defaced with swastikas, anti-Semitic messages: Police

first_imgObtained by ABC News(BOSTON) — A hate crime investigation is underway after 59 headstones were defaced and two were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, according to local police.Officers responded to the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River Sunday afternoon after a maintenance worker discovered gravestones damaged with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages, including “expel the Jew” and “Hitler was right,” according to police.It appeared the crime occurred Saturday or early Sunday morning, police said.A Bristol County Sheriff’s deputy walked the grounds of the cemetery Wednesday as relatives of those whose graves were desecrated documented the vandalism.Robert Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New England, called the crime “an inexcusable act of antisemitic hatred in the place where we honor and remember the lives of our community members.”“We are grateful for the priority that this apparent hate crime is being given by the Fall River Police Department,” Trestan said.The ADL said it’s offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Division Sgt. Tom Mauretti and Detective Moses Pereira at 508-324-2796. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 508-672-TIPS.The United States had seen a decline in expression of anti-Semitism over the past several decades — until three to four years ago, when it started to rise, according to John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor.Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2017, 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by the perpetrators’ anti-Jewish bias, according to statistics from the FBI.The rise in anti-Semitic expressions, according to Cohen, spans from harassment to vandalism to assault to murder to mass murder — and “seems to be coinciding with a rise in public expressions of white supremacy.”Social media plays a role, Cohen said, but he added, those who feel this way “feel empowered because they hear public officials using the language of their thought leaders and promoting the agenda of their organizations.”“The themes promoted by white supremacist leaders and the language they use has now been promoted into mainstream political discourse,” Cohen said. “[When] racist, mentally unwell, violence-prone individuals hear our elected officials promoting the ideological themes of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, then that serves to empower those people to action.”Cohen said law enforcement is concerned anti-Semitic acts will get worse before they get better.Going forward, Cohen said, “The first step of dealing with the problem of anti-Semitism and extremist violence in this country is to acknowledge that the problem is actually here.”“We’ve spent a lot of our political oxygen over the last three years focusing on the threat posed by foreign terrorist groups, the threat posed by immigrants,” Cohen said. “The primary threat today is from individuals who become inspired by what they see online and on their own go out and commit an attack.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Katie Kneeland Hits 1,000

first_imgSenior forward Katie Kneeland with her Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island girls basketball team after scoring her 1,000th career point in the B/C/D championship game against Mattituck February 20. Photo by Desirée KeeganKatie Kneeland walked off the Centereach High School basketball court smiling for more reasons than one.Most important, her Pierson team was heading to the Suffolk County small school championship and was a week away from a regional finals match. But less than eight minutes into the Whalers’ 46-41 win over Mattituck February 20, she hit a career milestone when she scored her 1,000th point.“I never wanted to think about it, and thought eventually, if I worked hard enough, it would come,” said Kneeland, who became the third female in school history to reach the record. “I knew from the beginning my role was to score. It’s just great to finally take away a huge accomplishment from that.”She hit the mark on a free throw with 32.7 seconds left in the first quarter. The senior forward finished with a game-high 19 points, to bring her current points total to 1014.“She’s amazing,” teammate Chastin Giles said. “She gets better and better every game, every practice. She’s always the one telling everyone to calm down and really motivates our team, even when things go bad.”While Kneeland said her team was anxious, and a little tired, especially during a 13-0 run that put the Tuckers up by one point late in the third, head coach Kevin Barron said he knew his star forward would come through. She ended up snapping Mattituck’s run with an open look under the basket off a feed from Giles.“She’s put in a ton of work, here, with travel basketball, she’s constantly shooting,” Barron said. “She’s really evolved into a nice offensive player this year, and is a great rebounder for us too. She’s just great all around.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Kick-off change for Saracens fixture

first_imgThe round 19 fixture at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, April 13th will now kick off at the later time of 5.30pm.The club will be hosting a Combination day, encouraging the local amateur rugby clubs from around the region to come and support Pat Lam’s men.The later kick-off time will allow adult teams to play their Saturday fixtures and then travel to the game against the reigning champions.Bristol Bears thanks Saracens for their co-operation.Ticket offers and packages for this game will be released in due course. Tickets for upcoming games available online by clicking here or by calling supporter services on 0117 963 0600.last_img

Find out about the schedule of Liverpool’s next three Premier League…

first_img“The schedule of matches for the first three rounds of the resumed 2019/20 season has been approved, provided all safety requirements are met,” the association said in an official statement.The Premier League will resume on June 17 after a 100-day hiatus, in light of the outbreak of the new Corona virus “Covid-19”.The #PL will restart behind closed doors on 17 June if all safety requirements are in placeThe Premier League today confirmed the fixtures for the first three match rounds of the resumed 2019/20 seasonAll 92 matches will be broadcast live in the UK ➡ https://t.co/MhXpFrg2nu pic.twitter.com/5cYPDij53a– Premier League (@premierleague) June 5, 2020The Premier League has limited the dates for the first 32 games after the announcement of the resumption of the competition from June 17 to the second of July, with the remaining dates to be published later.All confrontations will be fought behind closed doors without a public presence.Liverpool, the leaders who need 6 points to win the competition title for the first time in 30 years, will open the first three rounds after stopping at Everton on June 21.The Reds then host the Crystal Palace team on June 24 in the confrontation in which the contest is likely to be resolved if it won to win the two games, before he visits Manchester City on July 2.last_img read more

Belgian youngster Evenepoel wins Tour of Burgos

first_imgIt was the third Tour win of the season for the former footballer tipped for the very top and who will race his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia in October.Saturday’s stage, which ended with a summit finish at Lagunas de Neila, was won by Ineos’s Colombian climber Ivan Sosa, who crossed the line alone after an attack in the last kilometre.Local challenger Mikel Landa almost grabbed overall victory with a relentless attack on Evenepoel, who hung on in the last stretch of the climb to win the race he has led since stage three.Earlier in the season, Evenepoel won the Tour of the Algarve and the Tour of San Juan.last_img

Gordon has no problem with busy club and country schedule

first_imgCeltic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has said that he has no issues with a World Cup qualifier cutting short his summer break but said Scott Brown may feel differently.The national team’s match against England at Hampden is on June 10, just ten days before Celtic return to pre-season training ahead of their Champions League qualification campaign. That means a short break at the end of a long season for the sizeable Celtic contingent likely to be called up by Scotland but Gordon isn’t fazed by such a short break.The goalkeeper endured three years on the sidelines after serious knee injury and said that made him appreciate every opportunity to play in key matches. “I’ll just play in every game I can possibly play in,” he said. “It is a sacrifice when you’re an international and you don’t get as much holiday time but I had a long spell out of the game so I want to play in every game I possibly can between now and the end of my career so I’m looking forward to it. “I think everybody’s different. Looking at it there’s maybe 10 days or two weeks between the England game and the start of pre-season here. “There’s the friendly matches to get in there as well and you don’t know if there’s any new signings coming in and you have to get them bedded in to the team as well. “We’ll be working on that then but it’s the manager’s job here to sit down and have a look at that and see when everybody comes back in and when they fit everybody into pre-season training. “It’s a juggling act but one that the coaching staff here’ll have to deal with.”Gordon’s club captain Brown retired from international duty in order to prolong his club career but returned to Gordon Strachan’s squad for the last two qualifiers. He said that the extended breaks had helped him and was to review his international commitments on a game-by-game basis.Gordon said that the midfielder would make up his own mind and had a lot of football to play before a decision was due.“I don’t think he’ll get [six weeks off] regardless, it’s going to be a quick turnaround,” he said. “There’s still quite a lot of games to go this season but it’s up to him and how his body feels towards the end of the season. “There’s still a long way to go until the England game. We’ll have to concentrate on our football here now. “We’ve still got a lot to play for and try and do as well as we possibly can between now and the end of the season and then look at the situation from there.”last_img read more