Muslim activists in the U.S. raised more than $55,000 for the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery after almost 200 gravestones at the site were vandalized and knocked down. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” stated the organizers of the crowdfunding campaign.
Footage from the vandalized Jewish St. Louis cemetery
A crowdfunding campaign that was launched by Muslim activists in America has raised more than $55,000 in less than a day in order to restore the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, that was vandalized over the weekend.
The activists invited the public to donate via the campaign after almost 200 gravestones were damaged and knocked down at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. This morning, the organizers were surprised to see that they exceeded their initial target and raised more than $55,000 within the first couple of hours of the campaign.
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“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” wrote the organizers on the campaign’s online page. Within three hours, the organizers reached their goal of raising $20,000. “Any additional funds raised in this campaign will assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide,” the organizers wrote when they updated the campaign page.
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As reported earlier by JOL, people who have loved ones buried at the cemetery started to arrive at the site yesterday. Robin Rickerman, whose relatives are buried at the cemetery, told Fox News that some of the people buried there were Holocaust survivors. “They shouldn’t have to endure any more trauma,” she said. “Let them be settled.”