US Election: Headstones spray-painted with 'MAGA' and 'Trump' at Jewish graveyard in Michigan

An investigation into the vandalism is underway.
An investigation into the vandalism is underway. Photo credit: ADL Michigan/Twitter

An international anti-semitism organisation is outraged after headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Michigan were deliberately spray-painted in red with the words "Trump" and "MAGA" (Make America Great Again) the day before the US election.

The Anti Defamation League (ADL), a US-based Jewish group, posted photos of the vandalism online on Monday (local time) saying it was "appalled" at the gravestones being desecrated.

On Twitter, the Michigan arm of the ADL said the police had been notified of the damage, which happened at the Ahavas Israel Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

"We are in close touch with the Jewish community and law enforcement to investigate this vandalism."

The photos of the damage have attracted hundreds of comments and been shared nearly 3500 times.

"Please know that so many more people find this a horrible act of disrespect," one commenter said.

In an interview with The Washington Post, ADL Michigan regional director Carolyn Normandin said it was a heinous act.

She said it was "awful to know somebody would disturb gravesites.

"It's just not okay," she told The Post.

Grand Rapids police spokesperson Sgt John Wittkowski told Michigan news site MLive that an investigation is underway.