The attack took place on Friday evening and up to eight youths, some using hammers, were involved, according to a member of the Northern Ireland assembly.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has confirmed it is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The graves, some of which date back to the 1870s, are in a walled-off section of Belfast city cemetery between the Whiterock and Falls roads.
Police official Norman Haslett of the PSNI told The Guardian the attack was “a particularly sickening incident, which we are treating as a hate crime”.
“To disturb the sanctity of a cemetery in this way is completely unacceptable and I can assure the public that we will conduct a robust investigation,” he added. READ MORE