Is Dearborn The “Jihad Capital” Of America?

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Dearborn, Michigan, finds itself compelled to bolster its security infrastructure in response to a controversial op-ed recently published by The Wall Street Journal, unequivocally branding it the “jihad capital” of America.

As the city lays claim to the highest concentration of Muslim residents in the United States, it now grapples with heightened scrutiny and concerns.

Steven Stalinsky, the executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, takes a critical stance in his op-ed, pointing to an unsettling level of support for organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran among Dearborn’s residents.

Stalinsky paints a vivid picture of protesters in Dearborn, loudly chanting provocative slogans such as “Intifada, intifada,” “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” and “America is a terrorist state.”

Moreover, the op-ed points out that individuals within the city openly celebrated the Hamas assault on Israel that transpired on October 7, resulting in a staggering toll of 1,200 casualties and hundreds more injured. Shockingly, these purported celebrations took place before Israel initiated its ground offensive.

Responding to the op-ed, Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud took to Twitter on Friday, announcing that city police have proactively heightened security at places of worship and major infrastructure points. Hammoud expressed deep concern about the op-ed contributing to a disturbing surge in what he described as “bigoted” and “Islamophobic” rhetoric online, specifically targeting Dearborn.

In an effort to provide context, Stalinsky clarified that his intention in writing the op-ed was not to “instigate any sort of hate” but rather to draw attention to protests in Michigan and across the U.S., where individuals expressed unambiguous support for Hamas during the Israel conflict.

President Joe Biden, in a tweet issued on Saturday, quickly played defense for the Democrat mayor. Biden is in a tough spot politically, caught between his mainstream base and its far-left flank, the latter of which overwhelmingly opposes Israel’s right to defend itself and has been creeping into increasingly inflammatory anti-Semitic rhetoric.