On Tuesday, a Muslim-based fundraiser, appropriately titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” raised more than $40,000 to repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery.
The St. Louis cemetery was exposed to anti-Semitism when trespassers vandalized nearly 100 headstones at the religious site on Monday. In response, the Muslim-led group took action to help. Initially setting a $20,000 fundraising goal, the group quickly surpassed that when it received more than 1,400 donors as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
In fact, according to the group’s website, the fundraising goal was reached in just three hours. Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi are the innovators behind the initiative for the restoration of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery.
They write the following in a letter:
“On the heels of bomb threats and hate crimes against dozens of Jewish community [centers] across the United States, a historical Jewish cemetery was vandalized this past weekend when over 100 headstones were damaged. Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. We also extend our deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and to the Jewish community at large.”
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) February 22, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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