Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery, works to clean up

by Abel Hampton February 24, 2017, 0:17
Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery, works to clean up

Greitens put out a call on his Facebook page asking for people to help volunteer to clean up the cemetery with him on February 22 and asked those who couldn't volunteer but wished to help to donate to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis at

"In the Jewish tradition, we take utmost care to give respect to our deceased", she said.

Greitens later told reporters at the cemetery that President Donald Trump had called him Wednesday morning and thanked the volunteers.

Later, brandishing a bullhorn at the cemetery, Pence thanked the governor and the workers who have already begun to fix the headstones.

As Professor Jacobson noted, the elite media used the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Missouri as another opportunity to attack President Trump.

Karen Aroesty, St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the show of support from Christians, Muslims and other religions has been "extraordinary" but not surprising. "You are the strength in the American economy and you are going to lead an American come back." said Pence.

Talve said local and national Muslim American groups are partnering to raise money for the cemetery.

Protesters lined up outside of Fabick Cat far before Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the business.

"The emotional impact on this community is something different than I've seen before, and it's really striking", she said.

The cemetery also has its own fundraising page.

Threats to Jewish communities and Muslims resonated in talks many at the cemetery expressed.

But the Trump administration insists it stands with communities against act of hate.

Dozens of Muslims from area mosques aided in cleanup efforts.

At one point Greitens embraced Imam Mufti Asif Umar, and the two exchanged words briefly. Given the deep and divisive history of Muslim-Jewish relations based on the proxy conflict between Arabs and Israelis, this new solidarity is truly the stuff of dreams. He said he planned to present his resolution, which would set up a hate crime offenders registry, at a council meeting Monday.

Pence also shared a story about visiting the Dachau concentration camp outside of Munich, Germany last week.

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