Several Democratic lawmakers, including Representative Ilhan Omar, held a press conference with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday calling for a State Department special envoy to fight “Islamophobia.”
CAIR compiled a report, obtained by Fox News, which showed an increase in crimes against Muslims in the United States. The organization says there have been 500 documented cases of anti-Muslim harassment so far this year.
“This included a sudden increase in anti-mosque incidents in May and June involving cases of vandalism and attempted stabbing, as well as several physical assaults targeting Muslim women wearing hijab (religious headgear) Says the CAIR website. “The CAIR report and call for an emissary for Islamophobia also comes in the wake of a terrorist attack that killed three generations of a Canadian Muslim family in June and an increase in anti-Muslim repression in the country. world.
In response to the report, Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter calling for a comprehensive strategy to tackle anti-Muslim hate crimes and urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to create a special envoy to monitor and combat Islamophobia.
ILHAN OMAR SAYS SHE IS FOCUSED ON FINDING “SOLIDARITY” WITH HER JEWISH COLLEAGUES AFTER THE LAST COUNTER-ACTION
“We are here because we are witnessing a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hatred in this country,” Omar said at the start of the press conference. “According to brand new data from CAIR, this year has seen over 500 documented complaints of anti-Muslim hatred and prejudice in the United States.”
Omar then cited several cases of reported hate crimes committed against Muslims, including derogatory graffiti in his home state of Minnesota.
“In my own home state of Minnesota, vandals spray painted hate messages including ‘Death to Islam’, ‘F *** Islam’, the ‘N word’ and a Nazi swastika on and close to the Islamic center of Moorhead-Fargo “. Omar said. “A window of the mosque was also smashed.
Omar added that she herself had been the victim of anti-Muslim harassment as a child.
“These incidents hurt me because they are so familiar,” Omar explained. “As a young refugee who barely spoke English, the students made fun of me even going so far as to put chewing gum on my hijab. “
OMAR COMMENTS ON THE JEWS AT THE CONGRESS: “THIS IS WHAT A MODERN-DAY MUSLIM SUPREMACIST LOOKS LIKE”
Omar added that she had been harassed by a group of teenagers because “I didn’t bar my legs or arms during gym class.”
The Minnesota Democrat said the harassment continued to this day and said her office received a call last month denigrating Muslims and calling them terrorists and “rag bosses.”
The press conference was also attended by Representative Judy Chu who criticized former President Donald Trump for his “deliberately harmful” break on immigration from several Muslim countries that Democrats have called a “Muslim ban.” .
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Omar’s letter to Congress was co-signed by Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois along with 23 other Democrats, including Representatives Karen Bass, Jim McGovern, Rashida Tlaib, Adam Smith and Sara Jacobs.