Although Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is used to the scandal and the unconditional defense of the Democrats, new information revealed she just entered into a major controversy that liberals will have a really hard time to whitewash.
The Jewish Golden Hill Cemetary in Colorado has yet to receive a $100,000 check from a group associated with Sarsour, despite the fact it promised the money several months ago after it was known that the cemetery has fallen into severe disrepair.
Regarding this issue, Golden Hill’s spokesman Neil Price told he had left three unreturned voicemails from the founder of non-profit Islamic education organization Celebrate Mercy Tarek El-Messidi. He led the high-profile effort by the Muslim community in February and March in order to raise money for vandalized Jewish cemeteries across the United States. His partner in this effort was Linda Sarsour.
Price was first told about their campaign’s money by Jennifer Goodland, a local who had never been involved in anything related to the cemetery. This campaign called “Muslims Unite To Repair Jewish Cemetery” had raised $162,468 through LaunchGood, a Muslim crowdfunding site. This amount of money went far beyond of its initial goal of $20,000.
Apparently, a total of $50,000 was distributed to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetary in St. Louis ($40,000), the Chicago Loop Synagogue ($5,000) and the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester ($5,000). These are three Jewish sites that had been vandalized over the last years.
As reported by The Algeimer, the director of the Missouri cemetery confirmed the receipt of the check, while other news sources have reported the Illinois and New York locations also got the money.
Back in February, Sarsour and El-Messidi also made public announcements that funds raised would go to restore Jewish graves. People in charge of the Pennsylvania effort told they were approached by the campaign, but they didn’t accept the money since they didn’t need further assistance.
El-Messidi and Sarsour also made public announcements that funds raised would go to fix Jewish graves in Philadelphia desecrated in February. Locals in charge of the Pennsylvania effort said they were approached by Celebrate Mercy, but they turned down the money as they were not in need of further assistance.
The Celebrate Mercy campaign organizers announced on the website on March 24 that with extra funds raised, they decided to start an ambitious project which main objective was to fix neglected and vandalized Jewish cemetery in Colorado.
The announcement pointed out that costs will be over $100,000 and assured they hope to raise a total of $200,000 in order to ensure the funds for the project while helping many other vandalized sites as well. This way, the $200,000 mark set for the Colorado cemetery didn’t appear to have been reached by the time the Celebrate Mercy campaign ended on May 31.
Apparently, El-Messidi was invited to a tour of the Golden Hill Cemetery back in April. Long-term member of the Colorado cemetery Ted Ruskin told that El-.Messidi seemed with a clear disposition to give the money, but the campaign never had any contact with the site following that visit.
Ruskin, Price and many other people directly involved in the cemetery restoration effort met some weeks ago in order to decide what to do with the Celebrate Mercy money. Price told despite the fact they’ve made some decisions, Goodland hasn’t communicated with them for weeks.
Since earlier this year, there has been a lot of concerns about El-Messidi and Sarsour’s handling of the crowdfunded money. Two months ago, Sarsour accused Jewish New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind of defaming her, after he asked through his Facebook account if a single dollar of the Celebrate Mercy crowdfunding money actually went to the cemeteries.
On his part, Price told that after several unanswered calls to El-Messidi he has no hope to see the Celebrate Mercy money since he assures having a long-term experience in these kinds of cases and he knows how everything works.
No surprise here. Linda Sarsour Raised $100,000 to Restore Jewish Cemetery but never donated the money. pic.twitter.com/sr8pzNCjA4
— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) 13 de julio de 2017
Price has been the main caretaker of the Golden Hill cemetery for almost 40 years, and has tried doggedly to raise enough money in order to restore the area containing more than 750 graves of impoverished tuberculosis victims, who were buried there in the 19th and 20th centuries.
He assured there have been several false starts in his attempts to get grants for security and landscaping for the cemetery. Additionally, he told that the Jewish community has many needs, and the focus is mainly on the actives part of the cemetery.
Soon after the story became popular on the social media, Sarsour talked about it and said that her partner and the project were “awaiting a proposal from the cemetery for potential costs so they can be allocated.” Additionally, she explained this proposal haven’t been delivered to her partner and Celebrate Mercy, and promised the money will all go to restoring Jewish cemeteries.
Nevertheless, she never explained why her partner didn’t return any Price’s calls or why those who promised the money never asked for the proposals they were supposedly waiting to get.
Many believe that once the wave of positive press for these actions had passed, Sarsour’s campaign to restore the cemeteries stopped being the priority.