BUSHNELL - Detectives in central Florida are investigating a hate crime in Bushnell – the vandalism of Jewish headstones in a veterans' cemetery.
Sumter County Sheriff's Office detectives started their investigation into what happened to the headstones on Monday. Several headstones in two sections of the Florida National Cemetery were found pushed over or dug out last weekend.
The headstones were identified as Jewish by the Stars of David on them.
Lawmakers in Florida chastised the crime upon hearing the news.
"This is a tragic and despicable incident, and whoever is responsible for this should be ashamed of their actions and brought to justice," Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis said in a statement obtained by FOX 13. "Not only did these vandals desecrate the memorials of those who fought and died to protect our freedom, but they targeted individuals simply because of their religious beliefs."
The Florida National Cemetery is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"We are talking about the final resting place for members of the Armed Forces," Florida Rep. Rich Nugent said in a statement. "To violate the sanctity of such a place is appalling, and if early reports are accurate and that the attacks were indeed motivated by anti-Semitism and a hatred of religious freedom, it is an attack on the very liberties that these soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard gave their lives for. It is unacceptable on so many levels. I hope the authorities catch the vandals and that they catch them soon."
Not only are Jews being told that they are not allowed to live in the US, now Jews are being told they are not allowed to be buried in the US. And Obama is silent on all of this.