JK Rowling tweets support as American Muslims offer to stand guard following spate of attacks on cemeteries
A single tweet by an American Muslim marine who offered to stand guard at Jewish cemeteries following a wave of anti-Semitic attacks has sparked a wave of similar offers of solidarity on social media.
I'm a #MuslimMarine in Chicagoland area. If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in. Islam requires it.
— The Muslim Marine🕊 (@MuslimMarine) February 27, 2017
The offer by Tayyib Rashid, who calls himself "The Muslim Marine" on Twitter, followed a series of attacks against Jewish cemeteries and threats against synagogues, which some have linked to the embolding of far right movements since Donald Trump was elected president.
In the weeks following Trump’s inauguration, Jewish Community Centres (JCC) in the United States reported a spike in the number of anti-Semitic attacks and harassment across the country.
A number of Jewish organisations have also claimed that Trump has not been vocal enough in condemning anti-Semitism.
Now, American Muslims on Twitter are offering to stand guard over Jewish sites in solidarity, and to help prevent further attacks. Rashid started off the stream of offers on social media, and received hordes of support for his "kindness".
Fellow Muslims followed suit offering their support, including Emmy Award-Winning TV broadcaster Momin Bhatti
I'm a Muslim in #Harrisburg. If your synagogue or community center needs someone 2 stand guard, I will stand guard 4 you. Islam requires it.
— Momin (@BhattiMomin) February 28, 2017
Best-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling also joined in the call to defend Jewish sites.
Muslim veterans offer to guard Jewish sites in America: 'Count me in' https://t.co/c8ZIHrWB15
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 3, 2017
— WhatWeShouldKnow (@WWSKBlog) March 3, 2017
Many US Muslims posted their locations, offering to go to local Jewish cemeteries.
— Mansoor Qureshi MD (@man_qureshi) March 3, 2017
I'm a Muslim in DC. If your synagogue needs someone to stand guard, I'll stand guard. Islam requires it. https://t.co/kw4acYBuPK
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 27, 2017
— Ahmed_1980 (@Nafarat100100) March 1, 2017
Others applauded the tweets and their message of unity.
Love Trumps hate!
Muslim veterans offer to guard Jewish sites across US | Jewish Telegraphic Agency https://t.co/LcD7fQ0yhX
— @AnnieSage (@AnnieSage) March 3, 2017
— Nina Verghese (@nverghese) March 3, 2017
And many were moved by this heartfelt show of solidarity.
— Lorrie Cellini (@LCellini) March 3, 2017
Jewish Twitter users also appreciated the tweets and some, including this user, offered the same support in return.
— Keely Brown (@KeelyBrownBerk) March 1, 2017
But this isn't the first time American Muslims and Jews have united against racist attacks.
The latest offers of solidarity comes after US Muslims set up a fund earlier this year to raise money for Jewish cemeteries that had been vandalised, and within a week, raised almost $140,000.