Originally published in “The Citizens’ Voice”
By Arsalan Ahmad Khan
Hate crimes in the U.S. have seen an increase in the recent months following the election of President Trump. A hate crime is defined as abuse against a group or individual based on religious views or racial ethnic background. This increase includes heinous acts against people belonging to Jewish communities and Muslim communities as well as those with Middle Eastern backgrounds.
On Feb. 26, a Jewish cemetery in Frankford, Pennsylvania was the site of such an act, where reportedly more than 100 headstones have been damaged (Feb. 27). Just hearing this news sends a chill down my spine. How could someone have the audacity to topple headstones and vandalize a cemetery?
As always, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the religion of Islam condemn all such attacks that target and disturb the peace of society. I urge all to try and maintain the peace in our atmosphere so we all can live together in a hospitable environment.