U.S. Palestinians and Muslims Fear Resurgence of Post-9/11 Islamophobia

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Palestinian Americans with families still living in Gaza and the West Bank are feeling severe anxiety.

The Israel-Hamas War kicked off on October 7th with a surprise attack by Hamas on Israeli settlements in the southern part of the state. Fighters were able to murder or capture hundreds of Israelis before retreating into Gaza.

Many international civilians were taken hostage as well, including some Americans. Multiple children were also taken hostage. Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in retaliation since.

The flow of supplies into the territories was immediately blocked by Israel, including necessities like food, water, and electricity.

Taher Herzallah spoke with CNN, describing the messages he’s exchanged with his family members who are trapped in Gaza. They described a grim situation with little expectation for survival.

Herzallah said the situation is compounded by his fears for his family here in the U.S. as the divisive rhetoric by supporters for each side continues to grow, sowing division and the potential for violence.

A 6-year-old boy was murdered and his mother was stabbed in their home outside of Chicago by their 71-year-old landlord in what police are describing as a racist attack motivated by their Palestinian heritage. The mother remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Executive director for the Council on American Islamic Relations Chicago chapter Ahmed Rehab said that the attack on the boy and his mother is an attack on all Muslim-Americans. He suggested rhetoric that dehumanizes Palestinians puts the entire community at risk, whether they’re in the Middle East, Europe, or America.

Civil rights advocate Linda Sarsour is of Palestinian descent and she told CNN the worst thing about situations like these is when friends and family start telling each other to avoid going out alone.

The NYPD is seeking a suspect in an assault of a 19-year-old man who was punched on a public bus while wearing a turban and face mask. Police reported that the assailant attempted to remove the turban, indicating the crime was motivated by racial hate.

Another man in Dearborn, Michigan was arrested after making threats online against Palestinians living in the community.

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