Muslims Raise Money For Damaged Jewish Communities

Muslims Raise Money For Damaged Jewish Communities

Sidney Moyers, Reporter

The Jewish community has faced anti-Semitism for centuries, and even though Americans are a generally accepting society these days, lately the hate seems to have skyrocketed. Since January 9th of this year, there have been a total of 69 bomb threats at 54 different Jewish communities centers in the US and one at a Canadian providence. In addition to all of the terrible threats, over 150 cemetery headstones were damaged at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society in University City, St. Louis, where many families had buried their loved ones.

Clearly sympathetic, two Muslim-Americans decided to initiate an online fundraiser to raise money to help fix the damages done to the cemetery. About 1,450 different donors were able to collectively raise over $20,000 in three hours and more than $40,800 in total. According to the fundraising sight, the remaining money will go towards other Jewish centers that have been unfortunate enough to also experience damage or vandalism.

President Donald Trump commented on the event, saying that “the anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers and horrible, and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Source: The Miami Herald newspaper