Ilhan Omar leads Democratic lawmakers calling for particular State Division ‘envoy’ to fight Islamophobia
A number of Democratic lawmakers, together with Rep. Ilhan Omar, held a press convention with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Wednesday calling for a particular State Division envoy to fight “Islamophobia.”
CAIR compiled a report, which was obtained by Fox Information, that confirmed a rise in crimes dedicated towards Muslims in the US. The group says that there have been 500 documented instances of anti-Muslim harassment up to now this 12 months.
“This included a sudden rise in anti-mosque incidents in Could and June involving instances of vandalism and an tried stabbing, and a number of other bodily assaults concentrating on Muslim ladies sporting hijab (spiritual head overlaying),” CAIR’s web site says. “CAIR’s report and the decision for an Islamophobia envoy additionally comes within the wake of a terror assault that killed three generations of a Canadian Muslim household in June—and a rise in anti-Muslim repression around the globe. “
In response to the report, the Democrat lawmakers have written a letter asking for a complete technique on combatting anti-Muslim hate crimes and urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to create a Particular Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia.
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“We’re right here as a result of we’re seeing a stark rise in anti-Muslim hate on this nation,” Omar mentioned to start out the press convention. “In accordance with model new knowledge from CAIR, this 12 months has seen over 500 documented complaints of anti-Muslim hate and bias within the U.S.”
Omar then cited a number of situations of reported hate crimes dedicated towards Muslims together with derogatory graffiti in her dwelling state of Minnesota.
“In my own residence state of Minnesota, vandals spray painted hate messages together with ‘Demise to Islam’, ‘F*** Islam’, the ‘N phrase’, and a Nazi swastika on and close to the Moorhead-Fargo Islamic middle,” Omar mentioned. “A window of the mosque was additionally damaged.”
Omar added that she herself was the sufferer of anti-Muslim harassment as a baby.
“These incidents ache me as a result of they’re so acquainted,” Omar defined. “As a younger refugee who barely spoke English, college students mocked me even going so far as placing chewing gum on my hijab.”
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Omar added that she was harassed by a gaggle of youngsters as a result of “I didn’t naked my legs or arms throughout fitness center class.”
The Minnesota Democrat mentioned the harassment has continued to this present day and claimed her workplace obtained a name final month disparaging Muslims and calling them terrorists and “rag heads.”
The press convention was additionally attended by Rep. Judy Chu who criticized former President Donald Trump on his “intentionally dangerous” pause on immigration from a number of Muslim nations which Democrats have labeled a “Muslim ban.”
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Omar’s letter to Congress was co-signed by Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois together with 23 different Democrats, together with Reps. Karen Bass, Jim McGovern, Rashida Tlaib, Adam Smith and Sara Jacobs.