Unions, Muslims Offer Support To Jewish Communities After Cemetery Hate Crimes

Only a week before the Philadelphia cemetery was vandalized, more than 150 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society Cemetery in St. Louis were damaged, according to USA Today.

Clean up continues at Mt. Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia. Three Christian cemeteries nearby were spared from the destruction. According to Shapiro, the president repeatedly said "the reverse can be true.Someone's doing it to make others look bad".

The estimate of 75-100 damaged tombstones was conservative and may grow, he said.

After the restoration drive, Messidi said on Monday that it was painful to see how some cowardly racists had feared the dead and destroyed their graves.

A Hebrew prayer sometimes recited in Jewish cemeteries is the El Maleh Rahamm, which means 'God full of compassion.' It invokes the images of divine wings, spread protectively over the soul of the deceased.

The vandalism at the Jewish cemetery was especially worrisome because it comes less than a week after a similar incident at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, said Nancy Baron-Baer, the Anti-Defamation League's regional director for the Eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and DE region. "Many people there were embracing one another in tears due to what they saw".

"The story isn't that we're victims", Zevit said. A local Fraternal Order of Police lodge is also offering $3,000 reward. The White House's silence, Jewish advocacy groups said, emboldened anti-Semites to act.

To date, Sarsour and El-Messidi have raised more than $154,000, with more than two-thirds of the donations coming from Muslim Americans.

"It seems that since we went way over our goal of $20,000 last week for the St. Louis cemetery, that we now have funds to help here", he said in the video.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is deeply troubled by these rising and ongoing attacks on our Jewish brothers and sisters. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.

"As a community, we must speak out to condemn inflammatory messages and actions that serve only to divide, stigmatize and incite prejudice", Archbishop Chaput said. May we find our common humanity under the loving protection of God.

The man who discovered the damage, Aaron Mallin, reportedly told WPVI-TV that he hoped that the attack was not anti-Semitic.

"I'm hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids. As always, the safety of Pennsylvanians is my top priority, and I do not take these threats and acts lightly".

"Many of my personal friends have family members who are buried in this cemetery", Faizan Syed of CAIR-Missouri said in a statement.

Others took to social media to help. Stop this incubator of #Antisemitism and other hate.

No one who considers himself an American is going to ignore these attacks or pretend that they're random or don't affect us. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is also deciding whether hate crime charges will be filed as investigators work to determine the motive for the vandalism. "I really feel that, where there is so much hate, we need to show how much love there is and people getting together and uniting is love", she said.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing global revival movement within Islam. "They are calling their youth to come join us", he wrote, adding the hashtags #SacredResistance and #StrongerTogether.

The Jewish Community Center was evacuated on Monday morning after a bomb threat was called in.

Washington's Congressional delegation formally requested a briefing on Wednesday of investigations underway at the Department of Justice and FBI to ferret out anti-Semitic activity nationwide.

Vanessa Coleman

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