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JK Rowling's support for Muslim campaign to fix Jewish cemetery triples donations

23 February 2017

An online crowdfunding campaign started by two Muslim activists to fix a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri that was vandalized over the weekend met its $20,000 fundraising goal within three hours of its launch, and had raised over $55,000 by Wednesday morning.

In response, Muslim-American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi started an online campaign to raise funds for the cemetery's recovery and to "send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities".

According to Fox2 St. Louis, police will not say whether it is being pursued as a hate crime.

The campaign entitled "Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery" collected a total of 67,000 dollars to repair Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri, which was vandalized by unidentified attackers on the weekend.

Vice President Mike Pence visited a Jewish cemetery on Wednesday where vandals recently toppled hundreds of tombstones, decrying anti-Semitism during the stop.

Since the start of the year, the Jewish Community Center Association of North America has recorded 69 bomb threat incidents at dozens of centers in 27 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

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They said any remaining funds after the cemetery is restored would go toward repairs to other vandalized Jewish centers. Fagin said he was so moved by their actions that he made a donation to the Islamic Center of Cleveland to thank them. At the time of publication, the campaign had raised more than $80,000. In an interview with Israel's Army Radio, Anita Feigenbaum, the cemetery's executive director, said that she does not think that the Jewish cemetery was targeted at random.

I think that you're going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years.

Missouri's Gov. Eric Greitens tweeted Monday night that he was: "Disgusted to hear about the senseless act of desecration at the cemetery in University City".

El-Messidi further said that we should bring the story of Prophet (Pbuh) to life here and show that every person deserves to rest in peace and that this is a great way to show respect to our Jewish cousins. "We will stand together in the open to rebuild them, stronger".

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, condemned the bomb threats on Twitter.

President Trump was also asked at a press conference last week by a Jewish reporter about these threats and other incidents.

JK Rowling's support for Muslim campaign to fix Jewish cemetery triples donations