Muslims raise $42,000 to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

By: Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner
February 21, 2017 Updated: February 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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Muslims raise $42,000 to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

A crowdfunding page that was organized by the Muslim community wants to pay for 100 headstones that were destroyed at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. In the first few hours of the operation the page has received 1,500 donations and doubled its funding goal as of late Tuesday.

Launch Good's site states that the original goal of the "Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery" was met just three hours into the project's commencement. More than $42,000 has been donated so far.

Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi launched the fundraiser to fix what one or more vandals did to headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery on Monday. The suspect also wrote anti-Semitic messages throughout the property.

"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," the crowdfunding page states.

"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."

The cemetery incident comes after a week of allegations that President Trump is anti-Semitic. Trump, whose son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter, Ivanka, are both Jewish, hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last week and has denied the charges.

The group said any additional funds raised will be given to other vandalized Jewish centers around the country.

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