Muslim Americans stand together against hate crimes


Attacks on Muslims in the US have tripled in recent months. In Dearborn, Michigan, the large Arab-American community is pulling together

Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan (MEE/Yousef Mawry)
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Wednesday 13 January 2016 17:25 UTC

Hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques have tripled in the US since attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, with dozens in a month, according to an analysis for the New York Times.

Muslims in the US's largest Arab-American community say they have felt the rise in tension.

In Dearborn, Michigan, where 30 percent of the 95,000 population are Arab-American or of Arab descent, residents blame Donald Trump, a Republican presidential hopeful, and mainstream media for propagating the notion that Muslims are linked to terrorism.

Many Arab travellers also complain about unlawful detainment and enhanced screening upon their arrival by the US customs and border protection.

Mayor John B O'Reilly of Dearborn calls on Arab-Americans to stand together and insist on their rights as Americans. 

MEE spoke to residents in the city.