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Muslims fundraise to help repair vandalised US Jewish cemetery

Two Muslim activists have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 for repairs to a US Jewish cemetery where at least 170 gravestones were toppled over the weekend.

The launchgood drive started by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi had brought in $17,750 as of Tuesday afternoon.

They said any remaining funds after the cemetery is restored will go to repairs for other vandalised Jewish centres.

“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 activists wrote. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event”

A US Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation has also offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who made false bomb threats to Jewish community centres.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, made the offer on Monday, hours after bomb threats were called in to 11 JCCs across the country, leading most of them to evacuate their buildings while police and FBI searched for explosives.

The threats, the fourth wave in about five weeks, targeted JCCs in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo.

“It is the duty of American Muslims to offer support to the Jewish community and any minority group targeted in the recent spike in hate crimes nationwide,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement.

He noted the “tremendous level of support” offered to American Muslims by the Jewish community whenever Muslims have been targeted by hate in recent months.

Click here to read the full article in Jewish News

 

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