Wednesday, 31 October 2018 | The massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the worst hate crime against Jews in US history, has also produced moments of hope in the past two days, as US media reported that Muslim organizations have launched a mass-funding campaign to raise money for the victims and their families.
The nonprofit organizations CelebrateMercy and MPower Change initiated the campaign under the title “Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue” in cooperation with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP).
The purpose of the crowdfunding campaign is to help finance funeral expenses and medical treatment. The initial goal was to raise $25,000, but as a result of the success, a new target was set at $75,000, which was later raised to $125,000. Overall, $111,000 dollars have been raised so far.
According to the campaign’s website, the campaign “extends the hand of the Muslim-American community to the victims of the massacre, whether they are the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones.”
Calling the shooting an “evil anti-Semitic attack,” Trump ordered flags at federal buildings throughout the US to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims. Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday and offered his condolences.
Posted on October 31, 2018
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