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Police in Michigan city put on alert after WSJ opinion piece

2024.02.04 11:30


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid police automobile is unveiled in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S., May 15, 2019. Picture taken May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Joe White

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – The mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, stated the city’s law enforcement officials have been ramping up their presence throughout locations of worship and main infrastructure factors following an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that he referred to as “bigoted” and “Islamophobic.”

The WSJ printed the piece on Friday headlined as “Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital.” The city’s mayor and rights advocates from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee condemned the piece as anti-Arab and racist for suggesting the city’s residents, together with non secular leaders and politicians, supported Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and extremism.

“Reckless. Bigoted. Islamophobic,” Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud stated in regards to the WSJ piece written by Steven Stalinsky, government director of the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“Effective immediately – Dearborn police will ramp up its presence across all places of worship and major infrastructure points. This is a direct result of the inflammatory @WSJ opinion piece that has led to an alarming increase in bigoted and Islamophobic rhetoric online targeting the city of Dearborn,” the mayor added.

Neither the Wall Street Journal nor the Middle East Media Research Institute replied instantly to requests for remark.

Rights advocates have famous an increase in Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian bias and antisemitism in the U.S. because the eruption of battle in the Middle East in October.

Among anti-Palestinian incidents that raised alarm have been a November capturing in Vermont of three college students of Palestinian descent and the deadly stabbing of a 6-year-old Palestinian American in Illinois in October.

The newest eruption of battle in the Middle East started on Oct. 7 when Hamas attacked Israel, killing 1,200. Israel has since assaulted Hamas-governed Gaza, killing over 27,000, based on the native well being ministry. Nearly all of Gaza’s 2.3 million inhabitants is displaced. The densely populated enclave additionally faces hunger.

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