November 18, 2019

Connecticut Jewish Gravesite Desecrated with Dead Chickens

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A gravesite in a Connecticut Jewish cemetery was recently desecrated, WTNH reports.

The desecration occurred at the gravesite Samuel Shlien, who died in 1958, at Agudas Achim Cemetery in Hartfod. Shliem’s remains were dug up on Oct. 31 and replaced with water and two dead chickens, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Chabad of Greater Hartford Rabbi Joseph Gopin told WTNH that such a desecration is violates Jewish law because it’s “disregarding the body, the soul.” He later added, “I hope these people will wake up, repent to God and return the body right away, so we can give the body a right burial and make sure that the body can rest in peace forever.”

In July 2017, 60 headstones were toppled at the Ateres Knesseth Israel Cemetery, resulting in around $10,000 of damage. All but two were fixed. There was no evidence that the vandalism was anti-Semitic.

The Stop Antisemitism.org watchdog tweeted, “Hey [Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D)] what in the world is going on in your state- bomb threat at a Bridgeport synagogue, swastikas at 12 different schools in a few months span, and now THIS?!”