Biden faces Muslim backlash for supporting Israel

 October 22, 2023

President Joe Biden appears to be losing the support of many Muslims here in America for his backing of Israel in its ongoing conflict with Palestine. 

This is according to a new report from NBC News, titled, 'I will never vote Biden': Some Muslim Americans in a key swing state feel betrayed by the president.

The report focuses on the state of affairs in Michigan, which, according to the outlet "has one of the largest Muslim and Arab American populations in the country."

Following Hamas' recent terror attack on Israel, NBC spoke with several community leaders. And, what these community leaders have essentially told the outlet is that the local Muslim community is not happy with Biden's support of Israel.

People "will not forget what President Biden did"

Among those whom NBC spoke with is Ahmad Ramadan, who is described as "a former Biden adviser now leading coalition efforts for the Michigan Democratic Party."

NBC reports:

In a series of more than a dozen roundtable discussions with Muslim community leaders in the two weeks since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, Ramadan said the main takeaway is that “people are very disappointed.” They say they “will not forget what President Biden did and why he lied to them,” he added.

Other community leaders in Michigan echoed this sentiment, including state Rep. Alabas Farhat (D).

"Joe Biden has single-handedly alienated almost every Arab-American and Muslim-American voter in Michigan," Farhat said, later adding, "The Biden administration and Democrats as a whole are going to have to do a lot of work to rebuild some level of trust with my community."

The big question now is whether this could hurt Biden in 2024. We'll see.

Biden's response

If you have been following Biden's response to Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel, then you may be a little confused about the above criticism.

While it is true that Biden has made it clear that the United States stands behind Israel, Biden has also made it clear that Palestinian civilians are not at fault. Biden has even taken steps to help Palestinian civilians receive humanitarian aid.

But, according to the critics, this is not enough. The bottom line is simply that they do not want Biden and the United States supporting Israel. Period.

Biden campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa has released a statement in response to the above criticism.

The statement reads:

The President and this administration have been unequivocal: there is no place for Islamophobia, xenophobia, or any of the vile racism we have seen in recent weeks. As MAGA Republicans continue to run on an openly Islamaphobic platform — including renewed support for Donald Trump’s Muslim ban — the stakes of next year’s election could not be more consequential. President Biden continues to work closely and proudly with leaders in the Muslim and Palestinian communities in America, to listen to them, stand up for them, and fight back against hate.

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