JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Governor Eric Grietens addressed the toppling of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis County yesterday as the society that oversees the graveyard begins to assess the damage and catalogue the names on the affected memorials.
“Today, Missouri witnessed a despicable act of what appears to be anti-Semitic vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.
It is reported that more than 100 headstones were damaged. We do not yet know who is responsible, but we do know this: this vandalism was a cowardly act. And we also know that, together, we can meet cowardice with courage.
Anyone who would seek to divide us through an act of desecration will find instead that they unite us in shared determination. From their pitiful act of ugliness, we can emerge even more powerful in our faith.
Whoever did this slipped into a cemetery in secret to break things. We will stand together in the open to rebuild them, stronger.”
You can contribute to repair efforts for our friends at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society here: https://www.chesedshelemeth.org/how-to-donate.html