REPORT: Ilhan Omar and Illinois Dem co-author op-ed on threat of white nationalism
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Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) urged Muslim and Jewish Americans to come together confront the threat of white nationalist violence in an editorial for CNN Tuesday.
Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, and Schakowsky, who is Jewish, cite the recent example of a gunman accused of killing Lori Gilbert Kaye at San Diego’s Chabad of Poway synagogue, who is also suspected in the arson of a nearby mosque and is said to have been inspired by the killing of 50 worshippers at a New Zealand mosque in March.
The article goes on to state the following:
“As a Muslim American and a Jewish American elected to the United States Congress, we can no longer sit silently as terror strikes our communities. We cannot allow those who seek to divide and intimidate us to succeed,” Omar and Schakowsky write. “Whatever our differences, our two communities, Muslim and Jewish, must come together to confront the twin evils of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence.”
The article also states the following:
In their piece, the congresswomen cite data indicating anti-Semitic assaults increased more than 100 percent in 2018 from the previous year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which also logged nearly 1,900 incidents of anti-Semitic assault, vandalism or harassment, making it the highest year since it began tracking such incidents in 1979.
Anti-Muslim incidents, meanwhile, increased to 300 in 2017 from 260 the year before, and the Council on American Islamic Relations found 2,600 incidents of anti-Muslim bias.
“White nationalists win when our two communities are divided. They seek to exploit our divisions and grievances to further an agenda of hate. But we know that when are united, we are stronger,” they write. “We know this because in our own communities, Jewish and Muslim constituents have joined hands in solidarity and denounced these hate-filled massacres.”
“As a Muslim American and a Jewish American elected to the United States Congress, we can no longer sit silently as terror strikes our communities. We cannot allow those who seek to divide and intimidate us to succeed.”
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) May 14, 2019
White nationalism is on the rise. And we must defeat it — together. https://t.co/nIH7gNSNcW
— Jan Schakowsky (@RepSchakowsky) May 14, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) May 14, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) May 14, 2019
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