In the wake of anti-Semitic assaults, Democrats call out Islamophobia

In the wake of anti-Semitic assaults, Democrats call out Islamophobia
Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar (Images: YouTube screen grab)

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Following a wave of assaults on visibly Jewish people in major American cities, progressive Democrats declared that they opposed anti-Semitism, and also, Islamophobia.

New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Illinois Rep. Marie Newman, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Missouri Rep. Cori Bush all condemned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, also joined them.

Their comments were in response to a series of anti-Semitic attacks. The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged a Brooklyn man on May 22 after he allegedly set a yeshiva and synagogue on fire on May 19. He also assaulted a Hasidic man, the DOJ alleged. A Jewish man was beaten in Times Square by pro-Palestinian activists on May 20, while other activists threw fireworks at Jews in the Diamond District.

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