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Here’s a little bit of news to restore your faith in humanity, and Crom knows we all need frequent infusions of THAT these days: After more than 150 graves in a St. Louis Jewish cemetery were vandalized over the weekend, a group of American Muslims set up an online fundraiser to repair the damage. The fundraising page at LaunchingGood explained the effort’s motives:

Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America. We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.

The fundraiser also cited a story about the prophet Muhammad, who, when asked why he’d paused to stand up and pay his respects as a Jewish funeral procession passed by, replied, “Is it not a human soul?” That Muhammad sounds like some kind of darn Unitarian or something there.

And here’s the cool thing: The fundraiser met its $20,000 goal in three hours; as of blogtime, the total was just over $77,000. The fundraiser will continue, with a pledge that any funds in excess of repair costs for the vandalism of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University Park would be donated to “other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide.”

The campaign was organized by activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi; El-Messidi told the Washington Post the story about Muhammad paying his respects to a Jewish funeral procession was the first thing he thought of when he heard the news about the vandalism:

“That story goes to show more than anything the humanity of the prophet. … We should bring the story to life here and show every person deserves to rest in peace,” El-Messidi said. “This is a great way to show respect and honor for our Jewish cousins.”

El-Messidi’s nonprofit group, Celebrate Mercy, has previously raised funds for victims of the ISIS-inspired San Bernardino terrorist attacks, and in 2012 organized a letter-writing campaign for American Muslims to send condolences to the family of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the Benghazi attack. He’d be one of those Muslim moderates the wingnut right insists don’t exist (or are just lying, you know, to fool us). El-Messidi told the Post that the rise of hate crimes against both Muslims and Jews following the election has helped build solidarity:

“This is really a human issue,” he said. “But out of this horrible election cycle, something beautiful has come out of it and [Muslims and Jews have] bonded together to support each other and stand up to this hate. Politics can get in the way of our basic humanity; I hope this breaks through all those walls, no pun intended, to help bring us closer together.”

In response to the fundraiser, a woman named Barbara sent a message to El-Messidi to let him know she appreciated what he was doing:

You have helped to heal the pain in my heart. I live in Los Angeles but was born and raised in St. Louis. I have family buried in that cemetery and was heartbroken seeing the desecration of the final resting place of some of my loved ones. Your kind and loving spirit gives hope to me that we can have mutual respect and tolerance of our differences and shared humanity. Bless you.

We’re not misty-eyed, YOU’RE misty-eyed.

El-Messidi said he’s been in contact with the director of the cemetery to learn the exact damage estimate, although the figure hadn’t yet been determined. He told the Post that any excess money would fund efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

So, sure, maybe Donald Trump finally got around to actually saying anti-Semitism is a bad thing, following threats to Jewish community centers and the St. Louis vandalism. But did he donate any money to help repair those graves? If he did, the source of the funds should be investigated.

[WaPo / LaunchGood]

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  • Carpe Vagenda

    You’re not wrong about the misty eyes.

  • God bless them.

    Donald Trump… bringing people of all different colors and creeds together in united opposition to him and what he stands for.

    • Red Bird Ω

      This!

    • Clyde Barrow

      Stay vigilant, let’s not be united in a FEMA internment camp.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        The greatest Wonkette drinky thing of all time!

        • Gayer Than Thou

          At least for a few days. And then the reality of shared latrines sinks in.

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          We’ll become a pruno recipe blog!

    • goonemeritus

      A true uniter

  • o’look Skwerl!

    I can hear these words echoing somewhere: “I can’t believe how they are discriminating against Christians by donating this money!’

  • anwisok

    As the philosopher once wrote, “People are people, so why should it be, that you and I should get along so awfully?”

  • Vincent Ricola

    Beautiful.

  • goonemeritus

    ECUMENICAL DECENCY AND EMAPATHY so it goes without saying they are behaving quintessentially un-American

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I hope this breaks through all those walls, no pun intended, to help bring us closer together.

    Welp, Trump was right about one thing: One-state solution.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    “All I care to know is that a man is a human being–that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.” — Mark Twain, Patron Saint of Snark.

  • aureolaborealis

    Jews and Muslims getting chummy, are they? Sounds like a conspiracy against the white man.

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    “Pffft. Sharia Law!” – Wingnuts everywhere

  • Ricky Gay

    It was all donated by Soros to um, to make conservatives look bad!!!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Like Soros has to so much as spend a penny to make “conservatives” look bad.

    • OrG

      It’s working!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Oxygen intake does that. Which is, of course, the real reason behind our commienazilibrul Clean Air Act.

    • Paganish

      You know, according to “conservatives” I’ve heard, if it weren’t for this “Soros” guy, “liberals” would never have any “funding”!

      • Ricky Gay

        shhh, be quiet and cash your check like the rest of us! /s

  • memzilla Ω

    Something something oppressed Christians, something something false flag, something something George Soros. *shakes vigorously* *pours into drool cup*

    INFOWARS BREAKING: Gravesite Desecration Done By Radical Muslims In False Flag Operation Funded By George Soros To Divert Attention From Oppression Of Christians

    Yes, it’s JUST THAT EASY. I can haz White House Press Pass nao?

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Excuse me, but this is all just a misunderstanding. It was Gravesite Decoration, just done very poorly. They weren’t doing nothing wrong. Next time they promise they will not drink as much before they try the decorations.

  • Shoto

    It’s a Muslin-Joo conspiracy bein’ hoaxed by the Joo-Liebrul media!!

  • SayItWithWookies

    See that, Nazis? Some things — like our common humanity — you can’t knock down.

  • Michael Smith

    #fakemuslim

  • DahBoner

    They’re not being small minded assholes…

    Like the garbage at the bottom of the Republican Ocean.
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/KWVB44nnqGgHC/giphy.gif

  • OddMan

    Slightly OT,
    When you pledge to give money on a GoFund Me site or other similar place, do you actually give them your credit card number? Or do you just promise to send money? Just curious as I am a cheap bastard that gives money sparingly on line.

    • Ricky Gay

      Payment method and you must say “radical Islamic terrorism”

  • LesBontemps

    “Excess” funds should be donated to HIAS, formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish organization that these days is protecting and resettling Muslim refugees.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    It would not surprise me, either, if LDS types (you know, Mormons) might help with this too. After all, they have some experience with being a persecuted religious minority.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I might add, actually persecuted, as in kilt daid, not forced to sell cupcakes to gays persecuted.

      • suziq

        Though those 2 things are about equally bad.

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          I know! If only they knew what we DO with those things!!1!

          • Gayer Than Thou

            We need to stop doing that. I’m getting ants because I can’t get rid of all of the frosting.

  • weejee

    Huzzah, good news. My bride & I hope to get some more tonight. Rep. John Lewis is speaking out here in the soggy NW.

  • Michael R

    That concludes today’s White House Press Briefing

    https://s24.postimg.org/e3uj46t4l/big_nothing_spicer.jpg

  • Mr. Blobfish
  • Clyde Barrow

    ….still waiting for the cowards in Washington D.C. to say the words “radical Right Wing Christian terrorism”. Until those words are uttered, you have no credibility.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Just lone wolves, nothing to see here, move along.

  • Mr. Blobfish
    • Michael R

      I wanna take you home, yeah
      I won’t do you no harm
      You’ve got to be all mine, all mine
      ooh Foxy

      • Thaumaturgist

        Foxy News

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Junior! Stop playing with your dinner!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Co-conspirators . . . they both have reasons to get into the hen house.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “IMy staff is researching whether being nice in a way that makes Christianists look bad is in some technical sense a terrorist attack. We hope to have something on that soon.”
    — Jeff Sessions

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “Those blahs are oppressing us by being lynched!”

  • MizzMazz

    And there was the mosque that was arsoned in Houston. The Jewish center offered use of their facility, and raised money for it to be rebuilt. between these two stories, there is a lot for the Trumpkins to learn.

    • Nounverb911

      But will they?

      • OrG

        Magic 8-Ball: Outlook Not So Good

        • MizzMazz

          Snarfle.

      • MizzMazz

        Probably not. I want to think people can grow and learn and change and be better. I find it an ongoing process, and if a dork like me can do it then why not others?

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Well, you can properly punctuate and use words like “ongoing,” so I’m guessing because you have somewhere from 30-90 IQ points on them.

          • Querolous

            That’s kind of a left handed compliment. 0+90?

      • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

        Iz our not-sees lernin?

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        No.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          And neither will the Islamaniacs.
          Like the Nazis, they have an interest in continued conflict. As do certain Trumpanzees.

  • cmd resistor

    I so hope they have video of the jerks that did that and that they are caught.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    This makes me feel good. People are really okay sometimes, you know?

  • Crystalclear12

    Damn ninjas and their onions!

  • arglebargle
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The fundraiser met its $20,000 goal in three hours; as of blogtime, the total was just over $77,000. The fundraiser will continue, with a pledge that any funds in excess of repair costs for the vandalism of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University Park would be donated to “other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide.”

    https://thedeansprimary.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/great-work-and-well-done.png

    • Anna Rompage

      What, they’re not forcing the jews to convert to Islam for this help, or keeping the excess money to put towards the effort of instilling Sharia law all across the territory of the US?

      My oh my, why they have much more integrity than many of the evangelical churches & charities that I’m familiar with…

    • proudgrampa

      Sweet!

  • Ryan Denniston
    • Nounverb911

      Didn’t Newt volunteer to go already?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Which planet is the one that Det. Ron Harris is on?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Awesome!

    • Oblios_Cap

      Trappist? It sounds like they only allow monks to live there.

    • wait! what?

      The detection algorithm works a lot like Guitar Hero.

      https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Zh_5nTFh84t6v9SV_gD-GtHv39s=/0x0:532×300/720×0/filters:focal(0x0:532×300):gifv():no_upscale()/cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8027459/trappist.gif

    • proudgrampa

      if we get started now, we can get there in…

      Oh, about 700,000 years.

    • If only a political party interested in funding NASA was in power…

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      You can’t take the sky from me…..

  • TJ Barke

    Someone get Jason Chaffetz, Super Sleuth on the case!

  • Persistent Demme

    T***p is doing wonders for Jewish/Muslim relations:

    “…this proud Jew will register as Muslim’’
    Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-jew-muslim-2017-story.html

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’m with him on this. If there ever is a “Muslim registry” I will be on it. Never again means NEVER AGAIN.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Me also too. Ghey Moozlen reportin’ for duty, Sarge!

        • ahughes798

          Me and Mr. 798, also too!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Today, we are all Spartacus!

      • HarpyLibtart

        Damn skippy.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    This is just the kind of tricky shit those Muslins will pull!…

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Why, if it were us, it’s the sort of shit we’d pull!

  • Paperless Tiger

    Looks like the stormtrumpers are really on the march now.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Too bad trump will just dig them all up and deport the bones.

  • proudgrampa

    Hey… Just what are they up to, HENNNNGH????

  • FlownOver

    It’s a terrorist trick! Something something religious duty to lie, jihad, arglebargle FoamAtMouth!

  • Nounverb911
    • cmd resistor

      Fake. Or else, he will yell at those people who made him make that anti anti-Semitic speech, because it reduced his numbers among assholes.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Of course.

    • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

      How low can he go? Might we see sub 30% approval ratings? I think the hard core of Trumpanzees is probably about 25%, so I can’t see him falling below that – but it will be fun to watch him try.

    • boyblue123

      Are the undecideds in the approve/disapprove poll the same people that were undecided all during the election

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        They checked the “Donald who?” box.

    • georgiaburning

      A lot of middle class whites are afraid to say in public that they support Trump. But they’re the base of his support. All because of those scary looking people with funny names.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      So that’s where the “55%” number came from.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Annnd that leaves 45% who think he is honest, or aren’t sure. That’s frightening.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Just drove by graffiti in industrial part of town: “Make fascists fear us.”

  • Nounverb911

    And in other antisemitism news, this:
    https://twitter.com/samsteinhp/status/834451058755780609

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

    • cmd resistor

      After that sternly-worded speech by Trump yesterday? I can’t believe it.

      • ADL was all up on PBS saying how it was good of Trump to say something and they were looking forward to working with him to tamp down the rise of hate.

        • cmd resistor

          Oh, I’m sure he’ll get right on it.

    • Notreelyhelping

      If I was going to screw with somebody, the ADL would not be my first pick.

      • doktorzoom

        Nah, it was the JDL that had the militants and the thugs. ADL has the lawyers… Hmmmm.. OK, I see your point.

        • it’s like going after disney.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Muslims helping Jews? Sounds like they’re Abraham-linkin’.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Villago Delenda Est

      It’s funny that dominionists feel pretty much the same way, with a few superficial differences, such as in which language the deity’s name is rendered, for example.

    • boyblue123

      weird how all the signs are in english..eh

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Nicely printed, all in the same font, held by a crowd that’s six deep, maybe none of whom speak English. It’s almost as if…
        Nah. This is just what muslims do on any random day.

      • Bongstar420

        Must be Soro’s work

    • arglebargle

      “Freedom can go to hell”. Not very catchy.

      • clubseal

        I hear the only freedom you get in hell is that which is won through mutual fiddle competition.

        • mfp

          and legba done changed his name to scratch…you wanna cut heads with scratch, willie brown?

      • Bongstar420

        Why can’t we have the freedom to choose to not be subjugated by a religion that will put us in hell for doing so?

        I suppose that if we won’t be damned, that making us suffer while we are alive for non-compliance is all the more important.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      أنت غبي جدا، بارك قلبك.

    • Freeway

      Those marches are staged. Even if they are real they happened once several years ago and were largely rejected by just about everybody.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Today Spicer tried to push the line that the protests at Congressional home offices are being staged and are “organized by professionals.” I wish to hell progressives would get some professionals. Any event I’ve ever been too from the anti-war demonstrations I went to in the 1970s to the Bernie rallies I attended, to any feminist thing I’ve marched in were NEVER even well-organized, let alone professionally organized. The only thing that keeps the crowds in line is that they are generally composed of nice people who try to make the best of chaos. If they want to talk about paid protesters, they should look at what the Koch Brothers and the Heritage Foundation did for the Tea Party. I’ve been waiting for years for my check from George Soros.

        • Querolous

          Too true. There would always be someone who, when organizing was mentioned, would say “Your harshing my vibe,man!”

    • Bongstar420

      Is this a joke?

    • mtn_socialist

      Oboy, wingnut porn!

  • Snark Tank, Bad Hombre

    This radical Islamic philanthropy must not stand!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I read some right wing tripe recently about how Sarsour is tricking all the US American women protestors into becoming brides of ISIS or some such nonsense. Creeping sharia yo. Trump

    • Nounverb911

      Aren’t the 10 commandments Sharia law too, also?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Not word for word, but yes. If anything, the version in the Quran is LESS ambiguous as well.

  • georgiaburning

    It’s a Semitic conspiracy! Japethians must unite!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Bear prefers Ham. Which both the Muslims and Jews were nice enough to leave behind for me!

  • veska

    Wow…It’s almost like we’re all just people, regardless of faith, gender, race, etc.

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    Paul Ryan is practicing so he can join the RCMP when he gets voted out of office.

    https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/834479278871953412

    • hendenburg2

      Maybe his ol’ running mate Mittens will let him ride his Dressage horse (you know, the one he sent to the Olympics but didn’t even go to watch)

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        I think Rafalca is smeared on the latest box of envelopes I got at Staples.

        • Jukesgrrl

          Ewwww.

        • Querolous

          Correct. She went to that great pasture in the sky.

    • ahughes798

      He’s not that good…he needs to keep his hands still, as he’s jerking on the horse’s mouth every time they move

    • Immigrant processing center.
      Are the media allowed at the immigrant processing center?

  • Swampgas_Man

    Damn onions around here.

  • Freeway

    This will never be reported in the mainstream media. Remember, we are brainwashed into thinking most Muslims are terrorists and those who aren’t support terrorism. They are needed as a fear inducing scapegoat.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      But these days, Facebook is mainstream. Spread the word!

      • theblackdog

        pls share!

    • MynameisBlarney

      FWIW, they had a segment on NPR about it this morning.

      • pd1648

        And on MSNBC, as well.

        • Jukesgrrl

          Yes, Rachel did a good segment on it last night.

    • doktorzoom

      That’s going to be quite a surprise to the Washington Post and BBC, then.

  • msanthropesmr

    Huh. I guess we know who the real Americanz are.

  • Bitter Scribe

    But did he explicitly denounce radical Islamic terrorism? In a non-terroristic way? Without terror?

  • hendenburg2

    huh, I guess that DeVos thread troll didn’t bother to stick around, huh?

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      I think it got miffed about not getting the adulation it expected.

  • BrianW

    (An American history class, sometime in the future):
    “So students, in retrospect, while the 45th President and his administration is best compared to a dumpster filled with dog shit and set on fire, they did manage to get Muslims and Jews working together to solve common problems. Welp, that covers the good stuff.”

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The common problem being the administration, but hey… they did find common ground.

      • BrianW

        Take it where you can find it, I guess.

  • Alternative Pony Ron

    Nothing like a common threat to bring people together. We just didn’t expect it to be the the US administration.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Trump really is a uniter!

  • anon_the_great

    Oh goody. One faction of a monotheist Abrahamist cult stands in solidarity with a different faction of the same monotheist Abrahamist cult. Progress!!!

    • Jonny On Maui

      At least in this case their humanity overruled their dogma.

      • Bongstar420

        Not precisely….they have similar dogma which are closely related to each other.

        The Jewish people (the religion, not the race) partially begat the Islams

    • Querolous

      Could this be an Obama umpteen level chess stratergy for the middle east? No vey!

    • masked mumbler

      You should know by now that the more closely related two religious groups are, the harder they fight eachother. No need for snark here imo.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Just read that Pence turned this into a photo op. “Here’s Mike Pence looking sadly, with genuine concern for the anti-semitism that’s not at all triggered by Il Douche, at a toppled gravestone.”
    See, Trump really cares about anti-semitism! Now shut up about it!

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Pence has been acting a little impatient lately if you ask me. Mikey, Mikey, you’ll be president within a year or two if Bannon doesn’t nuke the world all to hell first.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Yes, MSNBC carried the “event” live and Pence emoted dramatically. He found it necessary to praise the “new” governor of Missouri with gusto … no doubt because he’s a Republican, not because he’s keeping White Nationalists at bay in his state. No one mentioned the Muslims for raising their generous $20,000 donation in three hours.

  • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

    Trump paid in rubles.

  • LucindathePook

    Mr. Pook and I have been observing Mohammedan rules for quite the while now. This has nothing to do with Islam, as we find not-observing Catholicism and Judaism serves most of our religious needs. However, according to a folk tale, once Mohammed was called to prayer, and he had a kitten sleeping on his richly embroidered sleeve. Rather than disturb the sleeping kitten, he cut the sleeve off his garment so he could go to pray. Our rule is whoever has a sleeping cat is exempt from getting up to get the drinks, snacks, find the phone, answer the door, etc. Of course, if we both have cats on us, we prioritize the cats by virtue of seniority.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      A cat based theology is going to go over very bigly with the Wonketariat.

      • LucindathePook

        It’s been written up and the cat even has a name.

    • that is GORGEOUS.

      • LucindathePook

        It’s a neat story, and if you look it up you can find the cat’s name, even. But I’ve also seen it ascribed to one of his lieutenants.

    • mtn_socialist

      We have an identical rule in my house. But since our cats only sleep on my wife’s lap (they won’t even sit on mine for some reason), I have a semi-permanent lock on the gofer role.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    Ms. Sarsour and Mr.El-Massidi are very good people. And true American heroes. Bless them.

    • Querolous

      بارك فيهم وأحفظهم من كل الشرور

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I have yet to try Google translate.

      • agnosticsdonthatemuch

        “Bless them and keep them from evil”…Google translate.
        Affirmative! Goodwill towards men is real. That is the kind of America I grew up in!

  • Bongstar420

    Thats nice for religious people to do for other religious people

    At least they are not going after atheists yet

  • babyming

    It would be wonderful if American Muslims and American Jews continue to find common ground. This alone could be enough to someday restore American democracy.

  • Zyxomma

    Plenty of Jews participated in the Today, I Am a Muslim, Too: Solidarity march in NYC this past weekend. We are more alike than different (says the Jewish atheist). This story was very touching. Kudos to Sarsour and El-Messidi.

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