GOOD NEWS Show of Solidarity: Muslims Raise Funds for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) February 21, 2017
This is the good that can happen when Americans unite.
Two Muslim-American activists began a campaign to raise money to help repair the vandalized headstones at a St. Louis Jewish cemetery.
Nearly 200 gravestones were found toppled over Monday at the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, where some Holocaust survivors have been buried.
Activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi organized the Launch Good fundraiser, saying "Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery."
The campaign has obliterated its initial one-week goal of $20,000, with more than $75,000 collected as of Wednesday afternoon. The organizers said any additional funds will assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump spoke about the recent anti-Semitic threats targeting the Jewish community at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," the president said.
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Unfortunately, this cemetery vandalism is not the only recent example of religious intolerance.
Read our story on a statue of Jesus being beheaded at an Indiana church.
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