A crowdfunding project launched by Muslim activists has raised more than $55,000 in one day to repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery in St Louis.
On Tuesday, Linda Sarsour of the grassroots civil rights MPower Change group and Tarek El-Messidi of the non-profit CelebrateMercy organisation called on people to donate after more than 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in the St Louis suburb of University City were toppled.
By early Wednesday, at the time of publishing, $55,341 had been raised.
According to reports, police said they did not yet know who was responsible for the vandalism.
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“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the activists said.
They launched the campaign with a goal to raise $20,000, a target that was hit in three hours.
“Any remaining funds – after the cemetery is restored – …
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