Muslim-backed fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery reaches goal in three hours

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Muslim-backed fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery reaches goal in three hours

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Spencer Pensoneau, center, and Ron Klump of Rosenbloom Monument Company re-set stones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, mMo., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 where almost 200 gravestones were vandalized over the weekend. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

A fundraiser to help pay to repair a desecrated Jewish cemetery exceeded their fundraising goal Tuesday evening.

On Sunday, vandals damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in suburban St. Louis.

According to The Hill, the online Muslim crowd-funding platform LaunchGood, reached it's goal of $20,000 in just three hours.

The campaign was created by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi according to the Washington Post

El-Messidi told the Washington Post that he was inspired to help based on a historical account of the chief prophet and central figure of the Islamist religion, Muhammad. In the story, Muhammad stood as a sign of respect when a funeral for a Jew passed by. When questioned why he stood, he replied “Is it not a human soul?”

The campaign has spread quickly on social media and by late Tuesday donations exceeded $40,000.

The project will send any additional funds raised to other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide, according to LaunchGood.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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