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US Muslim community campaigns to repair Jewish cemetery

US Muslim community campaigns to repair Jewish cemetery

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)

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 US Muslim-led fundraising project to help repair a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized has raised almost three times its $20,000 (£16,000) target.

The crowdfunding campaign, which calls for “solidarity with the Jewish-American community”, aims to help “rebuild this sacred space”.

More than 170 headstones were damaged at the Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri on Monday.

It comes after a string of anti-Semitic threats targeting the Jewish community.

The fundraising effort, launched by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, has received nearly 2,000 donations and has raised more than $55,000 (£44,000).

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