The US government has announced that it is working on a “national strategy to combat Islamophobia”. The announcement is important in light of the tensions in the United States surrounding the war between Israel and Hamas.
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“There is no place for hatred in America, against anyone. Period,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “For too long, Muslims in America, and those who are perceived as Muslim, Arabs and Sikhs in particular, have suffered a disproportionate number of hate attacks and other discrimination.”
The strategy to combat Islamophobia must be developed in collaboration with affected communities, activists and parliamentarians.
Karine Jean-Pierre specifically referred to the recent “barbaric” murder of a six-year-old Palestinian-American child near Chicago, a racist crime according to the court.
The US government has already launched a major plan to combat anti-Semitism.
The promise to also develop a strategy against Islamophobia is not new, but Wednesday’s announcement comes in a special context. The war following Hamas’ bloody attack on Israel has left the Muslim community in the United States fearing a wave of hostility comparable to that following the September 11, 2001, attacks.