American Muslim groups raise over $100,000 for Jews after terror attack on Synagogue
By Barfi Culture Team
29th October 2018

Two American Muslim groups have raised over $100,000 to help Jews affected by the Pittsburgh Synagogue terror attack on Saturday. The money was raised through a crowd-funding campaign and could reach over $125k by this week.

The campaign reached its initial goal of $25k within six hours, then smashing its target of $100k by Sunday evening. It was launched by two Muslim-American non-profit organizations: CelebrateMercy and MPower Change.

"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 and violence in America," they wrote on the fundraiser.

"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 money will be used to help with the immediate, short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families - including funeral expenses and medical bills, they say.

"We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action."

The synagogue

The Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was one of the worst attacks against American Jews in decades, and aimed at the heart of one of the country’s most bustling Jewish neighborhoods in the state of Pennsylvania.

Robert Bowers, the gunman who is accused of gunning down 11 people in the rampage, is being held by police. He is reported to have targeted the synagogue because it helped refugees settle in America.

"HIAS [the refugee agency based at the synagogue] likes to bring invaders in that kill our people," the gunman allegedly posted online hours before the attack. "I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in."

The two American-Muslim groups say that though this was a Muslim-led campaign, they welcomed friends of all faiths to contribute.

The fundraiser is online here

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