Muslims Raise Over $84,000 for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

NEW YORK — Muslim Americans have helped raise more than $84,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to an online fundraising page, amid attacks and threats against Jewish institutions.

About 170 headstones were toppled or damaged at the century-old Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery over the weekend, according to cemetery staff.

Some Jewish groups described the vandalism and threats as the latest evidence that anti-Semitic groups have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. His campaign last year drew the support of white nationalists and right-wing groups, despite his disavowals of them.

“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the fundraisers said on their website.

More than 3,000 people had donated $84,261 as of Wednesday afternoon. Cemetery staff declined to comment.

Jewish community centers across the United States have reported a surge in bomb threats, all of which have so far proved to be hoaxes.

On Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League, one of the country’s most prominent Jewish advocacy groups, said its national headquarters in New York City received an anonymous bomb threat but was later given the all clear.

MORE:   https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/02/22/us/22reuters-usa-security-cemetery.html

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