President Biden called out “anti-Arab hate” against Dearborn, Mich., residents after an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called the city “America’s jihad capital.”
“Americans know that blaming a group of people based on the words of a small few is wrong. That’s exactly what can lead to Islamophobia and anti-Arab hate, and it shouldn’t happen to the residents of Dearborn – or any American town,” the president said on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday.
“We must continue to condemn hate in all forms,” he added.
The opinion piece cited by Biden was published on Friday and was headlined: “Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital: Imams and politicians in the Michigan city side with Hamas against Israel and Iran against the U.S.”
It highlighted the protests in Dearborn and said that people there “in support of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran.” Arab Americans make up the majority of the population of Dearborn.
The city’s mayor Abdullah Hammoud said he is “glad” that Biden “recognizes the severity and danger” of the piece published by the Journal.
“The unfortunate reality is Islamophobia has become an acceptable form of hate. Those who demonize or stereotype Muslims or Arab Americans quickly find bigger platforms and greater notoriety,” he said on X.
The mayor on Saturday had ordered an increase in security across the city after the op-ed.
Biden visited Michigan last week and tensions with Arab Americans loomed over his visit. He did not visit Dearborn, nor did he meet with any Arab American leaders.
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Author: Alex Gangitano