- After vandals toppled more than 100 tombstones in a Jewish St. Louis cemetery over the weekend, two New York-based Muslim-American activists stepped up to rally support.
- Soliciting donations for repairs on the cemetery, they nearly tripled their fundraising goal by Wednesday morning.
- Through crowdfunding site MPower Change, cofounder Linda Sarsour and Celebrate Mercy founder Tarek El-Messidi have, at time of writing, raised over $67,000 for Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery.
- They set out to raise $20,000, a sum they had reportedly exceeded hours after launching their Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery initiative.
- Should they raise more than the cemetery requires for repairs, Sarsour and El-Messidi will earmark the leftovers for any future damage done to “vandalized Jewish centers,” according to their crowdfunding page. Read more (2/22/17 6:38 AM)