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

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


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.