Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jewish Gravestones Toppled, Cars Buried by NY Sanitation Workers. Post Says it is "Grave Mistake." I Say it is "Grave Anti-Semitism" trying to Get Back at Jewish Mayor


Well, the NY Post's headline is not exactly accurate, in my humble opinion.   This was not a "Grave Mistake" it was "Grave Anti-Semitism."  I think the sanitation workers knew EXACTLY what they were doing.  

One of my friends, who lives only a block from the cemetery told me, "They had the road closed off to the public as they did this.  I was coming home at 3 a.m. when I saw all the trucks dumping the snow on the cars.  This street/road is the only one in this part of Brooklyn where there are no residences, so the angry garbage men blocked the street and did this when no one could see."

I don't think it is a coincidence that they dumped the snow on a Jewish cemetery and on cars that they towed to the spot for the purpose of burying them.  I also don't think it is a coincidence that most of the streets around where this dumping occurred weren't cleared.  

These garbage men probably decided they wouldn't clean up the sections of Brooklyn where the Jews live because they could get even with the Jewish mayor and the Jewish city council members through "their people"--even the dead ones.

Would black or Asian communities take this abuse and say it was a "mistake"?  No.  

They would make a stink.  We should too.  If we don't demand justice, we won't get it.  They should all lose their jobs over this. 

Grave mistake: B'klyn headstones toppled in blizzard cleanup

 Even the dead can't escape the ineptitude of the city's Sanitation Department.

 Sanitation crews dumped tons of dirty snow from the Christmas-weekend blizzard into the city's biggest Jewish cemetery, toppling 21 gravestones and wrecking an iron fence.

  "It's jarring, and it's  an emotional thing," said Yana Zhuravel, a Brooklyn lawyer whose grandparents' headstones at Washington Cemetery in Midwood, Brooklyn, were among those knocked over.

  "Clearly, nobody came with the intention of doing this, I'm sure," said Zhuravel. "But when an accident  happens of this caliber, you expect some form of accountability."
"We were devastated," said cemetery manager Marisa Tarantino.

  Workers believe the snow was dumped sometime over the New Year's holiday, Tarantino said.

 The cemetery is closed on Saturday. Workers noticed the knocked-over gravestones when the cemetery opened at 8 a.m. Sunday, Tarantino said.

 Sanitation officials sent an employee to look into the matter, and the  cemetery plans to file a claim with the city. Some people who heard of the devastation stopped by the cemetery yesterday to check on their relatives' graves.

  "Ours is good," said Oscar Daych, 76, whose mother-in-law is buried there. "But this is unbelievable. It's terrible.  We don't know what to say."

  The snow-clearing crews also buried several vehicles parked next to the cemetery on Bay Parkway.

  Miguel Mena's smashed car looked as if a bomb had hit it.

 Mena, of Corona, Queens, is a butcher in the neighborhood and says he left his car parked on the other side of the street when the storm hit.

  He figures the city towed the 1995 Nissan Altima   to its spot next to the cemetery, where city trucks then dumped snow on it.

  "It's been difficult for me," Mena said. "It takes an hour and a half for me to get to work."

  Said his brother, Jenndy Mena: "Bloomberg said not to drive. Just leave your car in the street."

 Mario Roca, a Borough Park moving man, said he parked his 14-foot truck several hundred feet from the snow pile on Christmas Day.

  By New Year's Day, he said, the vehicle had been moved to a new spot next to the toppled headstones -- and "buried underneath mountains of snow."

  The dirty snow was piled so high, Roca couldn't even see his truck until he climbed on top of it.

  "This is my only box truck," Roca said. "It's basically ruined my business."

 Department of Sanitation spokesman Keith Mellis said the city would provide paperwork allowing the motorists and the cemetery to file damage  claims.

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