The managers of two historic Jewish cemeteries in Seattle, Washington are asking for the city's help in preventing desecration and vandalism at the sites, the Israel National News website reports today (May 2, 2018).
The Jewish community says groups of homeless people -- many of them drug addicts -- have set up camp at the cemeteries.
Ari Hoffman, a vice president of Seattle Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Synagogue and a member of its cemetery committee, said the headstones have been defaced, and that needles and other discarded drug paraphernalia have been found on the tombstones. He also said that prostitutes use the cemetery for their clients.
Across the street, the Historic Sephardic Jewish Cemetery is experiencing similar vandalism.