Within the wake of Hamas’ assault on Israeli civilians and Israel’s counter-attack on Gaza, each antisemitism and Islamophobia are on the rise within the U.S. and overseas. Some pro-Palestine teams have unfairly laid the blame for Hamas’ assault at Israel’s ft, framing the slaughter of civilians as “anti-colonial” pushback; some people have gone as far as to chant antisemitic slogans at rallies, together with “Fuel the Jews,” or by holding up pictures of swastikas. On the reverse facet, individuals who have proven help for Palestinians have been doxxed or fired from jobs. American Palestinians, Muslims and different pro-Palestinian protesters have been attacked and threatened.
Sadly, some American politicians are feeding into the incendiary rhetoric, which might lead — and presumably already has led — to actual life tragedy.
Donald Trump in some way managed to each stoke anti-Muslim sentiment and reward Iran-based terrorists in a 48-hour interval. On Monday, Oct. 9, simply two days after Hamas attacked Israel, Trump posted a completely baseless lie suggesting Hamas militants have been crossing into the U.S. by way of the southern border. Then that Wednesday, he circled and mentioned the Iran-based terrorist group Hezbollah, which has been threatening Israel’s northern border, was “very good.”
His false — and extensively repeated — declare about terrorists coming over the border is particularly troubling. It feeds not solely into the anti-Muslim sentiments which have pervaded the nation since Sept. 11, 2001, but in addition unnecessarily escalates battle over immigrants and immigration.
Presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis chartered flights for folks fleeing Israel, then mentioned that any refugees from Gaza must be barred entry, suggesting they couldn’t be trusted. His feedback replicate a bent to characterize — or, extra precisely, villainize — all occupants of an space or all adherents of a perception system as precisely the identical. However Hamas and its militant allies aren’t consultant of all Palestinians, all Muslims or all Gazans, who’re a mixture of Muslims, Jews, Christians and extra.
Such rhetoric can push already excessive tensions previous the tipping level into violence.
A Republican New York Metropolis council member, who’s Jewish, was arrested after exhibiting up with a gun to a pro-Palestine protest. Additionally in New York, two folks holding Palestinian flags have been attacked; and two boys are being investigated for pointing faux weapons at a Brooklyn synagogue.
Most annoying was the vicious assault and homicide of a 6-year-old American Palestinian boy by his household’s landlord in Illinois. The person entered his tenants’ house, shouting “You Muslims should die!” He choked and stabbed the boy’s mom, who survived her accidents, greater than a dozen instances and stabbed the little boy 26 instances.
No class of individuals — be they Israeli or Palestinian, Muslim or Jewish — must be blamed for the actions of some. Harmless civilians shouldn’t be denied human rights or humanitarian help as a result of they share a nationality or a faith with dangerous actors. Actually, people residing half a world away definitely shouldn’t be scapegoats for folks’s frustrations.
Hate is not going to cease the violence. Neither will violence cease the hate.