American Muslims Raise Over £90,000 To Repair Anti-Semitic Vandalism Of Jewish Graves

Sending a strong message of inter-faith tolerance and borderless compassion

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Last weekend, the Jewish, century-old Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetary in Missouri, was vandalised.

The Telegraph reports that 170 headstones were toppled or damaged, according to cemetery staff.

Many people were shocked by this level of disrespect and US Senator Mike Pence came to the cemetery on Wednesday to speak out against the attack, ' I must tell you the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation by your love and care of this place, for the Jewish community in Missouri and I want to thank you for that inspiration.'

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Linda Sarsour, activist who co-ran the Women's March and spoke at Chelsea Clinton's daughter's first march, was one of the people to start the appeal to raise money for repairs.

The website used to launch the appeal stated, 'Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. We also extend our deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and to the Jewish community at large. '

The outpouring of Muslim compassion is an uplifting message of inter-faith unity that can sometimes feel like a distant truth, oft denied whilst conflict is much publicised.

The worrying act of violence and degradation on the Jewish community is, unfortunately, part of a greater resurgence of anti-semitism in the US that many people claim has been bolstered by Trump's success.

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Last week's shambolic Press Conference saw a Jewish reporter appeal to Trump about rising anti-semitic sentiment in the country.

Trump responded by saying the reporter was asking a sneaky question.

Since then, and this specific defacement, Trump has spoken out.

He told MSNBC at a visit to the National Museum of African American History, about how anti-semitism is an 'age-old' issue that, though sometimes lies temporarily dormant, flares up time and time again, and is a wound that needs to be healed.

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This followed a speech he made at the museum in which he said,

Today and everyday of my Presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African Americans and for every American...This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. The anti-semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centres are 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

This may be due to the fact that his daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism to marry her husband, and Trump's advisor, Joshua Kushner.

Unfortunately Trump's government has not clearly condemned another 'ugly form' of bigotry, that of Islamophobia.

Seemingly condoning some forms of intolerance over others.

Thankfully, communities are taking it into their own hands and displaying moving acts of borderless compassion.

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