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Letter: We have to stand together against all kinds of racism

We have to stand together against all kinds of racism

The Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, as well as the wider Muslim community, is distraught with pain by the recent desecration of a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and dozens of threats and attacks on Jewish Community Centers across the country, including the Jewish Community Center in Getzville in our own community.

We condemn such cowardly acts and stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We stand ready to assist them in any way they wish. As reported by Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the campaign titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery” has raised over $115,000 in two days to repair over 170 gravestones vandalized at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo. We commend their and everyone’s efforts to stand together as one community against dark forces of prejudice and hate.

The MPAC, nationally and locally, is very concerned with the rapidly rising anti-Semitism across our country. This, coupled with Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia and racism, is tearing our country apart. It must be stopped. At a time like this, we need vision from the president and unwavering leadership from the elected officials to nip such evil in the bud.

The diversity and the individual freedoms, including the freedom to practice one’s faith, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution have made this nation the best in the world and a beacon of light for all. We appeal to our civic, political and religious leaders and our fellow citizens to rise against bigotry, sexism and all types of racism so that our country can overcome the divide we face today.

We need time to heal and each and every one of us has a part to play in that healing.

Khalid J. Qazi

MPAC-WNY Executive Board

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