Muslim Activists Raise More Than $70,000 to Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

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Recent headlines have been peppered with reports of various acts of violence, from vandalism to racist YouTube videos to other forms of hate speech—the list goes on and on. It is more than a little heartwarming, then, to see one community reach out to another. As of about 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, Muslim activists had raised more than $70,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri.

Linda Sarsour of MPower Change and Tarek El-Messidi of CelebrateMercy pulled together to organize the campaign, centered on the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. As ABC News reports, the outpouring of love and support came after more than 170 headstones were damaged either late Sunday or early Monday at the Jewish cemetery in University City, a St. Louis suburb.

The $70,000, raised by 2,485 supporters thus far, has far surpassed the original goal of $20,000. According to the crowdfunding site LaunchGood, the campaign reached its original $20,000 goal within three hours of launching. The additional proceeds will be used to assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide, organizers say.

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