Muslims Raise More Than $100,000 to Help Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

St. LouisSource: The Daily Beast, February 23

In a show of support for Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans have raised more than $108,000 to help clean up a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized over the weekend. The attack on the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery – which saw hundreds of gravestones toppled and destroyed – garnered nationwide attention and prompted a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.

Muslim Americans used online fundraising to show their support for those affected by the vandalism. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the fundraisers wrote in their appeal on launchgood.com.

The goal of the fundraising campaign was not only to raise funds to help repair the gravestones, they said, but also to “send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.”

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