Jews must speak out against Islamophobia: Standing with our Muslim brothers and sisters is critical
Share 424WhatsApp 12
Community members gather for funeral prayers for Imam Maulama Akonjee and friend Thara Uddin August 15, 2016 in New York. (Credit: Getty/Kena Betancur)
When news first broke earlier this week that a mosque in Orlando had been set on fire, presumably because it had been attended by Omar Mateen, the man who in June shot 49 people to death at the nightclub Pulse, I immediately thought of Alaa Basatneh. Three weeks earlier I’d interviewed the Syrian-American journalist and activist and had been struck by her optimism.
“I do have faith that, down the road, just like the Jews faced a lot of negativity in the past in the U.S. — and the Irish, the Italians, the Japanese, you know the entire list— things are going to be the same for Muslims,” she had told me. “It’s going to take a lot of time and effort from the Muslim-American community.