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Letter: We must promote respect because hate breeds hate

We must promote respect because hate breeds hate

I am writing in response to the Los Angeles Times article published in the Dec. 13 News regarding an anti-Muslim backlash. On July 20, 2014, in Miami, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and the SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) staged a rally, “Stop the bloodshed in Gaza.” In English, chants were heard: “We are Hamas,” “We are Jihad.” In Arabic, more chants: “Khaybar, Khaybar, Oh Jews, Muhammad’s Army will return” – a reference to a massacre of Jews under the auspices of Islam’s prophet in 629.

The article quoted Salma Mahmoud, saying that it was not fair for Muslims to be forced to keep a low profile. I would agree with her.

I also don’t think it’s fair that Jewish students on college campuses throughout California and all the way east to Harvard are being regularly harassed and intimidated for simply being Jewish and “forced” to hide their Jewishness.

The SJP is very much a part of this hate campaign and is supported by CAIR. They use the cover of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to promote their agenda of isolation of Israel and in turn harass Jewish students. Are Jewish students harassing Arabic/Muslim students based upon their countries of origins’ persecution of Jews over the centuries? No.

Hate breeds hate. Tolerance and understanding promote respect. Everybody is responsible for his own behavior and needs to be held accountable for it. Muslim and Arabic students need to be good citizens right along and next to their Jewish, Christian or Buddhist counterparts.

Wynne Elizabeth Trinca

East Amherst