JCRC Strongly Condemns Vandalization of Islamic Cemetery in Dakota County, MN

August 1, 2017

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the vandalization, including the damaging of walls, furniture, and other property, as well as the spray painting of swastikas and hateful profanities at the Al Maghfirah cemetery in Castle Rock Township. According to news reports one of the vandals also left the chilling message of ‘Leave, you R dead.’

“We are disgusted by this apparent hate crime and we urge anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward and report it to law enforcement. We will continue to monitor the situation.

“Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community. Collectively, we reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.

“The JCRC offers its services to local government and school district officials who are on the frontlines with ensuring that our communities and schools are a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The recent spike in hate incidents both nationally and locally directed against Jews and other minorities, including our friends in the Muslim community, is deeply disturbing.”

As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.