Muslim organization blames Trumpian presidency for Islamophobia

March 15, 2019 2:45 pm19 commentsViews: 63

The mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand has raised voice from a top Muslim organization in United States blaming President Donald Trump for increase in Islamophobia.

Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy groups, Nihad Awad, said in Trump’s presidency rise in Islamophobia, attacks on innocent Muslims and innocent migrants has been seen.

A total of 49 worshipers were killed in the attacks in two mosques Friday evening and one of the gunmen livestreamed the massacre on Facebook.

Awad added, “We hold you responsible for this growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the country and in Europe, but we also do not excuse those terrorist attackers against minorities at home and abroad.”

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted condolences about the attack and said US stands by New Zealand for anything they can do.

The council said a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents across US has been seen. In 2016 the figure was 2,213 while in 2017 it increased to 2,599. This means 144 anti-Mosque incidents occurred.

FBI statistics reveal a rice of 17 percent in overall hate crimes from 2016 to 2017.

The Southern Poverty Law Center writes 784 hate groups existed in 2014 while in 2018 the number increased to 1,020. It is a 30 percent increase.

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