Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan tagged with ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’ in anti-semitic attack

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Vandals targeted a Jewish cemetery where six headstones were spraypainted on the eve of the election. 

The words ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’ were spray-painted across six different headstones at Ahavas Achim Cemetery in Grand Rapids on Monday.

According to WOOD-TV, the Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating, but doesn’t currently have any evidence or suspects.

The Ahavas Achim Cemetery was tagged by vandals on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Ahavas Achim Cemetery was tagged by vandals on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The messages spray-painted on the cemetery headstones included 'TRUMP' and 'MAGA'

The messages spray-painted on the cemetery headstones included ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League of Michigan condemned the anti-semitic attack

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League of Michigan condemned the anti-semitic attack

President Trump held a rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Grand Rapids at Gerald R. Ford Airport on Monday night, the final campaign event ahead of today’s election.  

The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus made a statement in the aftermath of the vandalism, calling it ‘a heinous act committed on the eve of the 2020 election to send an intimidating message to the president’s opponents, and particularly, Jewish voters.’

The statement continued, ‘Grand Rapids’ Jewish community will not be cowed by this vile attack on Ahavas Israel. Instead, Jews in Grand Rapids, the State of Michigan, and across the country will head to the polls tomorrow to vote against this president and the hatred, violence, and antisemitism he so callously incites.’

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Grand Rapids later in the day with VP Pence

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Grand Rapids later in the day with VP Pence

The rally at Gerald R. Ford Airport is one of the last of the campaign before polls close

The rally at Gerald R. Ford Airport is one of the last of the campaign before polls close

Representative Justin Amash – a frequent Trump critic – took to Twitter to condemn the vandalism, saying ‘We stand united with our Jewish friends and neighbors against this disgusting act of vandalism, desecration, and hate toward our fellow human beings. Anti-Semitism must find no home in our community.’  

This is not the first time in recent years Grand Rapids has seen an attack against their Jewish population.

Last October, CNN reported anti-semitic posters were found on the doors of a synagogue, including one prominently featuring Hitler.

Extremist neo-Nazi group the Vorherrschaft Division was responsible for the creation of those posters.

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