Jewish cemetery receives 'large check' from Linda Sarsour's fund

Vandalized Jewish cemetery in Colorado receives money from Linda Sarsour’s fundraising campaign.

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Toppled headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery
Toppled headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery

Golden Hill Cemetery in Colorado received money from a fund launched by anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour.

The Denver burial ground received a “large check” from the fund, Executive Director Neal Price told the Forward, though he declined to specify the amount. The Muslim non-profit Celebrate Mercy, which organized the fund, announced last month on its Facebook page that it had sent Golden Hill a check for $30,000.

The fundraising effort, launched in response to a series of acts of anti-Semitic vandalism targeting Jewish cemeteries around the country, became a source of controversy over the summer when Sarsour was accused of withholding the funds. Following a July report that Golden Hill had not yet received any funds, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called Sarsour a “fraud.”

Sarsour responded that she was the target of a campaign by “right wing Zionists.”

The fundraising effort has already raised more than $162,000, the Forward reported, and two cemeteries — in St. Louis and Rochester, New York — and a Chicago synagogue have already received a combined $50,000 from the campaign.