New Yorkers stage ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in protest to travel ban

Over a thousand people from various faiths declared 'I am a Muslim too' as they assembled at the iconic Times Square here to express solidarity with the Muslim community and protest against US President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

[Editor’s note: It seems pretty clear from the large scale protests against it, that the idea of an anti-Muslim immigration policy is not at all popular; at least in several large urban centres as we have seen organised mass protests in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and many other cities. I suspect what support for this policy that does exist in the country is largely in rural, traditionally conservative, white and Christian areas, the undereducated and under-informed who have probably never met a Muslim and still believe Osama Bin Laden was responsible for 9-11. 

So if this policy is so unpopular, why is Trump pursuing it with such determination? The courts sank his first attempt at an executive order, we await the issuance this week of a second order, supposedly altered in order to pass muster with the judiciary this time around. 

Forget any nonsense about this policy being intended to keep America safe, that is utter fantasy. There are no Islamic terrorists attempting to enter the USA on an airliner with their underwear stuffed with C4, not unless the CIA or FBI plants one. The people who carried out 9-11 didn’t use commercial airliners, then were flown in on private jets to private airstrips, as were the nukes they used.

Could it be that the purpose of this policy is simply to cause trouble in the populace? To stir up racial and religious tensions as part of some nefarious divide and conquer strategem?

Are the Muslims of America today sadly finding themselves in the same position as the Jews of Germany in the 1930s – victims of a Zionist plot to destabilise the nation and further their hegemonic agenda? Ian]

New Yorkers stage ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in protest to travel ban

The rally was co-organized by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and the Nusantara Foundation in response to the uncertainty and anxiety created by Trump’s now-rescinded executive order to bar citizens from the seven Muslim-majority nations.

The ‘I am a Muslim Too’ solidarity rally drew several thousand people who raised slogans and held banners of ‘Love Trumps Hate’ and ‘USA, USA’ and ‘No Muslim Ban’.

Headlined by American entrepreneur and author Russell Simmons and actress Susan Sarandon, the rally yesterday saw participation by several faith leaders who denounced the divisive political environment in the country and called on Americans to stand up for Muslims facing increasing threat and pressure.

Addressing the rally, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said America was founded to respect all faiths and all beliefs and stereotypes against the Muslim community has to be dispelled.

“The message I want to give as Mayor of the city to everyone regardless of background or faith or where you were born is that this is your city and this is your country,” he said.

The Mayor said America was founded by people who were fleeing religious persecution and was founded to respect all faiths and all beliefs.

“This is who we are as Americans and this must be protected. An attack on anybody’s faith is an attack on all people of faith,” he said.

Lauding the 900 Muslim members of the New York Police Department, de Blasio said the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world are “overwhelming peace loving” people who care about their community.

“We have to dispel the stereotypes” faced by the Muslim community, de Blasio said declaring at the end of his speech that “I’m proud to say today I’m a Muslim too”.

Eminent Sikh-American speaker and activist Simran Jeet Singh said he is supporting the rally “because as a Sikh, we know what discrimination and oppression feels like. We want a world that is acceptable and tolerant”.

Sarandon said given the political environment in the country, it is no longer possible to be neutral. “If you are silent, then you are complacent.

“We are here because we will not be a cog in a machine that is dismantling our constitution, that is dismantling our bills of rights,” she said to loud cheers from the crowd.

Sarandon added that New Yorkers should tell their representatives that the city is “open and accepting”.

“We will fight hatred with love, we will fight bigotry with inclusivity. And today I am a Muslim too,” she said.

American-Muslim woman Latisha James said she was proud to be part of the solidarity rally that was sending a strong message that people are coming together to support the community and will not tolerate discrimination against its members.

“Everyone is of the same nature. There should be no discrimination, we are all the same. We all migrated to America so for Trump to put a ban on Muslims and refugees is not appropriate. It’s not going to happen,” she said.

She said a lot of Muslims and refugees have been discriminated against and “it’s good that everyone has come together finally to support the Muslims”.

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2 Responses to "New Yorkers stage ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in protest to travel ban"

  1. Hany Hanna  February 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I am a Christian Palestinian American Patriot born in America. My mother was a refugee from Haifa in 1948 when the bloodthirsty Eastern European Jews came to the Holy Land to steal, massacre and pillage. My mother had to go to a Moslem school in Egypt the following year and she said it was hell…..NON-STOP sexual harassment and taunting from the Moslem boys. It makes me sick to see Americans defending Moslems when they never miss an opportunity to attack Christians. America MUST vet ALL IMMIGRANTS like other countries do….if Moslems are coming to ESCAPE Islam, assimilate, respect American culture and our way of life and become Americans themselves then Welcome. TOO MANY Moslems are radicalized, TOO MANY live by a barbaric way of life….TOO MANY are not compatible with their own people in the middle east and terrorize Christian Arabs and only a fool will ignore these truths. This is my heritage and my family history and NO ONE can tell me otherwise.

  2. Khalid Talaat  February 21, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Ed… You are misreading the situation. All the Muslim bashing in America by the zionist media legitimized by 911 has reached its level of incompetence. In other words the people’s bullshite meter is in the red. They have come to realize there is not a ben Laden under everyone’s bed. All of it is a la WMD lies. Furthermore, they know Libya was destroyed by Zionists and most probably Syria. Taking in the Syrian refugees seemed a satisfying attempt at helping the victims and Trump victimized them.some more. That is the source of anger. It is not hypocrisy.

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