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Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after town’s mosque burns down

February 2, 2017

Jewish people in a small Texas city handed Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue after the town’s only mosque was destroyed in a fire.

The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday (28th Jan) and had previously been burgled—the cause is being investigated by federal officials.

The Victoria center mosque in Texas that was burnt down.
The Victoria center mosque in Texas that was burnt down.

But the town’s Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building is reconstructed, thanks to their Jewish neighbours. reports the

Robert Loeb, the president of Temple Bnai Israel, told Forward: “Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them. When a calamity like this happens, we have to stand together.

“We have probably 25 to 30 Jewish people in Victoria, and they probably have 100 Muslims. We got a lot of building for a small amount of Jews.”

One of the mosque’s founders, Shahid Hashmi, said: “Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue.”

The centre was built in 2000.

The Blaze was report at about 2 am local time.
The Blaze was report at about 2 am local time.

Donations and an online fundraising campaign have raised more than $900,000 about Ugsh 3.2bn for reconstruction.

The blaze was discovered at at about 2am on Saturday by a clerk at a convenience store, who called the fire department. It took around four hours to bring it under control and no injuries were reported.

The fire took place just hours after President Donald Trump announced he would ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and halted the country’s refugee program for 120 days.

Omar Rachid, who created the GoFundMe campaign, said: “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received. The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American spirit.”

Muslim media in Uganda under their umbrella body Uganda Islamic Broadcasters’ Union (UIBU) will at the start of the new year spearhead a blood donation drive targeting over 1000 units over a five-day exercise, the Chairman of UIBU, Karim Kaliisa has said.

Speaking in an Interview with Pearl fm, Kaliisa said that the Drive slated for 17th January to 21st January, 2017 will attract donors from mainly the central and Eastern region of the country where the camps will be set up.

“We encourage all Ugandan to take part, but our focus for the start as UIBU is mainly the Central region (Kampala in particular) and the Eastern region where our member organisations mainly operate. ” he said.

He said that the drive is intended to help replenish stocks at the National Blood bank which are normally constrained during the festive season.

“There is no factory for blood, therefore, all the blood that is stocked for use is got from donors. We as UIBU know for a fact that demand is usually very high during time of the festive season and by the end of it stocks plunge. This is why we have come in at this time.” He said.

Members of the different Muslim media pose for a photo after a training workshop at the Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) boardroom recently. Seated center is the Union chairman Hajj Kaliisa Karim.
Members of the different Muslim media pose for a photo after a training workshop at the Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) boardroom recently. Seated center is the Union chairman Hajj Kaliisa Karim.

He said that Six donation centers will be set up in Kampala at the Constitutional Square, Wandegeya Mosque, Old Taxi Park, Gadafi National Mosque, Kamwokya Market and Clock tower grounds while three other centers will be set up in Jinja, Mbale and Iganga town for the Eastern region.

UIBU comprises of five radio station including; Pearl fm, Masaba Fm, IUIU Fm, Bilal Fm and Voice of Africa radio plus Salam Television, currently the only Muslim faith based TV channel.



Donald Trump shattered expectations on Tuesday with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown.

US election 2016: Donald Trump declared winner in shock result

The Republican nominee has achieved one of the most improbable political victories in modern US history, despite a series of controversies that would easily have destroyed other candidacies, extreme policies that have drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle, a record of racist and sexist behaviour, and a lack of conventional political experience.

After surprise early victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, it fell to the Rust Belt states of the industrial midwest to determine the result of his stunning upset.

Wisconsin and Michigan, two states hit hard by a decline in manufacturing jobs and lost by Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, were led by Trump as the race headed for an early morning cliffhanger.

A 2.30am, the Associated Press projected Trump had won Wisconsin and called the overall race for Trump, who passed the 270 electoral college votes he needed to secure the presidency.

Shortly afterwards, CNN and NBC reported that Clinton had called Donald Trump to concede but would not be making a public address.


Trump left Trump Tower for the short journey to the Hilton Midtown, where the president elect then took to the stage and insisted he would “deal fairly with everyone”.

“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business, complicated business,” began Trump to raucous chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from his excited supporters.

“I have just received a call from secretary Clinton She congratulated us – it’s about us and our victory – and I congratulated her on a very hard fought campaign.

“Now it is time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,” he added. “It is time for us to become together as one united people … I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”

Earlier, Democratic campaign chairman John Podesta appeared before distraught supporters to announce that she would not be appearing to give a concession speech. “Everybody should head home,” he told them, “Get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow.

How Trump won the election: volatility and a common touch

“It’s been a long night and a long campaign,” he added. “We can wait a little longer, can’t we? They are still counting votes and every vote counts, several states are too close to call so we are not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

“This is a historic night,” said the vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, in the first official Republican response. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”

Republicans have also secured majorities in the House of Representatives, the Senate and will probably get to reappoint a fifth Republican nominee to the supreme court – potentially leaving the new president with few checks and balances.

Investors reeled from the prospect of a victory that would reverberate around the world and futures markets pointed to a fall of nearly 600 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

As results started to come in, two candidates with very different views of America were watching television just two minutes’ walk from each other: the Clintons at the Peninsula Hotel in midtown Manhattan and the Republican team in Trump Tower.

But the mood in the Trump camp shifted early after signs of a strong performance in Florida and Clinton supporters began contemplating the consequences of a result few thought was possible. – the guardian