Ever since President Donald Trump assumed office, there has been a spike in hate crimes. Few religious minorities are spared: Sikhs have been shot, Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized and mosques have been attacked.
However, this wave of hate crime attacks has a brighter side to it as well. These attacks have brought Jews and Muslims closer. In a bid to practice interfaith harmony, Muslims and Jews decided to confront such attacks together by helping each other.
Two Muslim activists banded together to help raise money for a Jewish cemetery at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery outside of St. Louis that was desecrated. Their effort immediately garnered thousands of dollars. The online campaign was started by Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York and Tarek El-Messidi of Celebrate Mercy.
Recently, the Council on American-Islamic Relations penned a joint editorial with a rabbi that was published in a Sacramento newspaper. CAIR also condemned the anti-Semitic attacks in several statements.
Following the anti-Semitic attacks, Muslim-Americans offered to stand guard at Jewish sites across the U.S. to prevent vandalism.
“If we care to establish peace and justice, we must learn to see the world through the eyes of the oppressed. I, Muslim Marine, stand with you. If we care to establish peace and justice we must learn to see the world thru the eyes of the oppressed. I, Muslim Marine, stand with you,” said Tayyib Rashib, a U.S. Marine.
Just hours after a bomb threat was made at Jewish Community Center in Minnesota, Muslim leaders took out an advertisement in a newspaper showing their support for the Jewish community.
However, the helping hand was not only offered by Muslims but Jews as well. Jews in Texas offered keys of a synagogue to Muslims after a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was torched.
These powerful displays of kindness send out a hard-hitting message to President Trump, who has remained silent or has said very little against such attacks.
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