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Durham Jewish community takes stand against Islamophobia

Posted December 12, 2015

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— The Jewish community in Durham responded Friday to what they’re calling “Islamophobia” as a result of recent comments about Muslims in America.

A local group is proud to say they stand with those of Islamic faith, so much that they dedicated a night of Chanukah to stand with the Muslim community.

They say their own history of oppression and persecution compels them to speak up for Muslims today.

“As Jewish people, we’ve learned the phrase ‘never again,’” said Beth Bruch, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace. “I feel the same thing needs to apply to anyone who’s oppressed.”

The organization joined a movement of other Jews across the nation to protest against Islamophobia—the dislike or prejudice against Islam or Muslims.

Manzoor Cheema, a member of Muslims for Social Justice, said Islamophobia is also connected to other forms of discrimination.

“Anti-black racism, sexism, homophobia, attacks on women; in that sense, I’m here to also connect our struggle with the broader community,” Cheema said.      

The group addressed Gov. Pat McCrory’s request to the federal government to stop sending Syrian refuges to North Carolina until he is satisfied with the vetting process, and presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who recently made comments about barring Muslims from the United States.

“The real danger in the phenomenon of Donald Trump is that he’s making certain things normalized,” Cheema said “He’s making it normal for people to demonize and attack Muslims without any consequences.”

The gathering in Durham was initiated by Jews Against Islamophobia in New York City.

      

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  • Dmitry Suemeov Dec 13, 2015
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    So 8 people constitutes the "Jewish Community"???

  • Paul Parker Dec 13, 2015
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    Just because the Russians are ALSO fighting ISIS does not in any way negate the fact that the local Muslims are also fighting ISIS.

  • Paul Parker Dec 13, 2015
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    You are sadly and horribly deluded if you think the Muslims are not fighting ISIS! I am not sure if you are being willfully ignorant, or unintentionally ignorant, although I would lean towards the former since the information is readily available.

  • Dmitry Suemeov Dec 13, 2015
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    Ah No,..........It's the Russians that are fighting ISIS!!!!

  • Paul Parker Dec 13, 2015
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    "what people do not like about good Muslims is that there are very few if any that are taking a stand against the bad ones."? Have you lost your mind?! Who exactly do you think is fighting ISIS over there? Let me educate you, it is MUSLIMS who are fighting ISIS! I'm not sure what more you could want of them than to take up arms against ISIS! If that isn't taking a stand against the bad ones I don't know what is!

  • Dmitry Suemeov Dec 13, 2015
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    This article is nothing more than the media (The leftist news Org. Wral) propagating their agenda. This isn't news, this is propaganda!!!

  • Andrew Gluck Dec 13, 2015
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    What a poor headline, 8 people do not make up the Durham Jewish community. Headline should read, 8 misguided individuals stand against people's founded fears of radical Islam.

  • Alex Stephens Dec 13, 2015
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    Didn't realize there were only 8 people in the Durham Jewish community ...

  • Tom Boswell Dec 13, 2015
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    Not surprised by the headlines. Now would really be surprised if Muslims worldwide stood against the killing of innocent people including Americans. Look at the sympathy the three Muslim students at UNC received when they were killed over a parking space.

  • Ron Coleman Dec 13, 2015
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    Why do people keep using the word Islamophobia to describe what is happening to to Muslims? A phobia by definition is a fear of something and it is not Islam that the people of the world fears, it is the radical Muslims that are raping and murdering in the name of Islam that people hate not all the good Muslims that are in the world but what people do not like about good Muslims is that there are very few if any that are taking a stand against the bad ones.

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