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A heartwarming act of solidarity between Muslim and Jewish communities

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A heartwarming act of solidarity between Muslim and Jewish communities
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Muslims raise funds for Jewish cemetery repairs after vandalism.

A historic Jewish cemetery in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, is this week undergoing repairs to recent vandalism with the help of their concerned Muslim neighbours. At some point during the weekend vandals targeted more than 150 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. 

In an act of solidarity Muslims unite to repair vandalism in a Jewish cemetery A tale of humanity over labels. Two communities brought together by a senseless act of hatred. We all have so much more in common than the handful of things that divide us. Source: Facebook AJ+

Jewish community offer Muslims keys to their synagogue after the town’s mosque burns down

A similar story of solidarity but with the tables turned happened back in early February. Jewish people in the small Texas city of Victoria handed Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue after the town’s only mosque was destroyed in a fire. The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled. The cause is under investigation by federal officials.

However the town’s Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building undergoes reconstruction, all thanks to their Jewish neighbours.

"Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue." said Shahid Hashmi, one of the mosque’s founders.

Robert Loeb, president of Temple Bnai Israel, said "Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them. When a calamity like this happens, we have to stand together."

Up to 200 grave stones were hit in the attack at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Repairs are underway with the help of the Muslim fundraiser and members of the whole community volunteered their time.“One measure of a community's strength is what we do in moments like this,” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wrote on his Facebook page in response to the incident. “We can choose to cower, or we can choose productive action and shared service. We can turn a vile act into a moment for resolve and a demonstration of our state's faith.”

Muslims are fundraising to repair the damage with a campaign organised by Linda Sarsour of MPower Change and Tarek El-Messidi of CelebrateMercy so far raising over $64,000 - more than triple the initial goal of $20,000.
Crews lifting one of vandalized tombstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City Up to 200 grave stones were hit in the attack at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Repairs are underway with the help of the Muslim fundraiser and members of the whole community volunteered their time.“One measure of a community’s strength is what we do in moments like this,” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wrote on his Facebook page in response to the incident. “We can choose to cower, or we can choose productive action and shared service. We can turn a vile act into a moment for resolve and a demonstration of our state’s faith.”

Muslims are fundraising to repair the damage with a campaign organised by Linda Sarsour of MPower Change and Tarek El-Messidi of CelebrateMercy so far raising over $64,000 – more than triple the initial goal of $20,000. Source: Chris Regnier@chrisregniertv

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