(JTA) — British author JK Rowling offered her support in a tweet to a Muslim-supported crowdfunding campaign to repair a vandalized St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery — spurring a big upsurge in donations.
Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter series of books, on Wednesday morning uin Britain tweeted a link to an article about the campaign and posted “This is such a beautiful thing.”
The tweet has received more than 10,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes.
This is such a beautiful thing.https://t.co/grBbo1hetz— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 21, 2017
As of Wednesday morning in the United States, the campaign by Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi has raised $66,000, far exceeding its $20,000 goal when it was established on Tuesday afternoon.
Between 170 and 200 headstones were discovered on Monday morning to have been toppled by vandals at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis. The attack on the cemetery took place sometime between Friday night and Monday morning.