Two Muslims activists banded together to help raise money for a Jewish cemetery that was desecrated during the weekend, and immediately started collecting thousands of dollars.
The tombstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery outside of St. Louis were toppled in yet another incident of anti-Semitism in the country. Now activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi of Celebrate Mercy have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to repair the historic cemetery.
“Through this campaign, we hope 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,” the crowdfunding webpage reads.
Within just two hours, the campaign raised more than $20,000.
“We Muslims will try to rebuild whatever the haters try to destroy. This is part of what our faith teaches us,” said El-Messidi. “No one should have to see their loved ones’ graves desecrated. Everyone has a right to rest in peace.”
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