On the morning of October 27th, Pittsburgh suffered a horrific tragedy. A 46- year-old man stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire. The man has been identified as Robert Bowers.
The following morning US authorities released the names of the 11 victims that were killed, along with the names of the six hospitalized victims. Among them was a husband and wife, two brothers and four police officers. Bowers, who is currently hospitalized for gun shot wounds faces 29 counts of federal charges including murder, hate crimes and illegal use of firearms.
In just a few hours after the tragedy, Tarek El-Messidi a Muslim-American speaker and founder of non-profit organization, CelebrateMercy. Launched the ‘Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue’ campaign, hosted by the Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, aimed to raise funds to support shooting victims with funeral expenses and medical bills.
Muslims, let’s stand with our Jewish cousins against hate, bigotry, & violence. https://t.co/RCl4p4AOGV— Tarek El-Messidi (@Elmessidi) October 27, 2018
The original goal for the campaign was $25,000, but after just six hours the goal was raised to $50,000 due to the overwhelming support of the community. By Sunday, just one day after the campaign had began Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue had raised over $50,000 dollars.
Tarek El-Messidi and the Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue campaign is a beautiful gesture that reminds us that an attack on any human regardless of race, gender or religion is an attack on all of us. By uniting together as humans we remind not only the victims affected by this tragedy, but people all over the world that in the face of discrimination and violence love will always win.
If you too would like to donate and support, the campaign will be live for 8 more days and can be accessed here.
By: Emilio Llosa