Muslim-Americans pledge to protect Jewish sites after anti-Semitic vandalism & threats
On Friday, the Anti-Defamation League said one person had been arrested by the FBI, the NYPD and the New York State Police in connection with bomb threats against the group and other Jewish organizations.
FBI, NYPD, and NYS police told us arrest made in bomb threats against ADL;several other Jewish institutions. Thx 2 them!More info as get it.— ADL (@ADL_National) March 3, 2017
Jewish cemeteries in New York, St Louis, Texas and Philadelphia have been damaged in high profile attacks in recent weeks, with vandals knocking down hundreds of headstones and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
As well as attacks on cemeteries, there have been more than 100 bomb threats reported by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Association.
Earlier, New York Governor Charles Cuomo called for state police to launch an investigation into the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery in Rochester which was discovered on Thursday.
I'm a #MuslimMarine in Chicagoland area. If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in. Islam requires it.— The Muslim Marine (@MuslimMarine) February 27, 2017
In response to the apparent wave of anti-Semitism, many Muslims have taken to social media to offer support to the Jewish community. Tayyib Rashib, a former US marine, tweeted: "If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in. Islam requires it.”
I'm a Muslim in #Harrisburg. If your synagogue or community center needs someone 2 stand guard, I will stand guard 4 you. Islam requires it.— Momin (@BhattiMomin) February 28, 2017
Rashib’s tweet quickly received support, sparking numerous similar offers. People of no religious faith also offered to help.
@MuslimMarine Atheist ex-medic from London here. I've defended mosques from neo-nazis, I'd defend a synagogue too.— Four Legged Fish (@StarlessGazer) March 3, 2017
On Friday Rashib tweeted that he and other Muslims helped clean-up following Thursday night’s attack in Rochester, New York.
The JCC Association also tweeted a letter of support it received from the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Texas.
In late February two prominent Muslim activists, Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, set up a crowdfunding campaign which raised more than $156,000 for repairs to a Jewish cemetery in Texas.