Dearborn, Michigan, is increasing its police presence in response to the fallout from an op-ed that described the city, which has the highest per capita Muslim population in the country, as “America’s jihad capital.”
Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud tweeted Friday that city police increased security at places of worship and major infrastructure as a “direct result” of a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital.”
Hammoud posted on platform
Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, who authored the Wall Street Journal op-ed, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he wanted to draw attention to the protests in Michigan and elsewhere in the United States in which People have expressed their support for Hamas since the start of the war with Israel.
More than 27,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, according to the Hamas-ruled territory’s Health Ministry. Hamas killed more than 1,200 people and kidnapped about 250 more, mostly civilians, in the attack.
“Nothing in my article was written to incite any kind of hatred,” Stalinsky said. “This is a time for counterterrorism officials to be concerned.”
The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond Sunday to requests for comment sent by The Associated Press via email and voicemail. An email sent to a Dearborn spokeswoman was also not immediately returned Sunday.
In a tweet referencing Dearborn on Saturday, President Joe Biden condemned “hate in all its forms.”
“Americans know that blaming one group of people based on the words of a few is wrong,” Biden’s post said. “That is exactly what can lead to Islamophobia and anti-Arab hatred, and it should not happen to the residents of Dearborn or any American city.”