In the weeks since terrorists killed 130 people in Paris and wounded hundreds more, bullet holes were found at a mosque in Conneticut threats were called in to two others in Florida and a man left a fake bomb outside a fourth in Virginia.
And Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who had already suggested a registry for Muslims, revived a debunked claim that they celebrated in the streets of New Jersey as the Twin Towers fell.
Comments like Trump's are fueling Islamaphobia across the country, said Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, the communications director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. So are comments from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who said that not even Syrian orphans younger than 5 should be admitted to the United States.
"Of course we are very disturbed by what we are hearing and what are seeing," Mubarak-Rowe said. "It's very unfortunate that these candidates seem to want to promote bigotry and racism in order to appeal to a very narrow base of their constituency." Read More
Trump's remarks are an insult to Muslims who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. The candidate has also called for American Muslims to be registered in a database and to carry a special ID card, and for mosques to be shut down. His hateful rhetoric is particularly vile given that many of the people who lost family members also experienced Islamophobia in the wake of the terror attacks.
Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, communications director for the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Trump was "cashing in on the xenophobia and bigotry and the hatred in his base to propel him forward."
"Unfortunately bigotry sells, racism sells, and Islamophobia sells to some segments of the American society," she said. "He knows how to push their buttons and that Muslims are the scapegoat du jour and he plays on that."
"He should really be ashamed," Mubarak-Rowe added. "This is what fuels hatred and violence towards Muslims." Read More
Donald Trump, the real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate, has turned a spotlight on Jersey City and its residents by insisting that the “Arab populations” here celebrated the fall of the twin towers during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Saturday. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, spokesperson for the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called Trump’s version of events “a bald-faced lie”. “I’ll just be very blunt with you,” Mubarak-Rowe said in a phone interview. “It’s bigoted, racist rhetoric.” Read More