‘Nothing in my article was written to instigate any sort of hate. This is a moment for counterterrorism officials to be concerned,’ says writer.
In response to an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal that referred to Dearborn, Michigan, as “America’s jihad capital,” President Joe Biden condemned what he called “anti-Arab hate” directed at citizens of that area.
The president spoke to the issue in a social media post, asserting that the contents of the article could lead to aggressive forms of discrimination.
It brought attention to the demonstrations that took place in Dearborn and stated that locals were “in support of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran.” It is estimated that Arab Americans make up the majority of the population of Dearborn.
In a statement, the mayor of the city, Abdullah Hammoud, expressed his appreciation that President Biden “recognizes the severity and danger” of the article in the Journal.
The mayor issued an order on Friday to increase the level of security throughout the entire city in response to the opinion piece that has continued to cause controversy.
The article was written by Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute. Mr. Stalinsky said in an interview with The Associated Press that his intention was to draw attention to protests in Michigan and elsewhere across the United States.
The protests have taken place across the nation since the start of the Hamas war with Israel, and many Americans have expressed support for the group.
“Nothing in my article was written to instigate any sort of hate,” Mr. Stalinsky told The Associated Press after publication of the article. “This is a moment for counterterrorism officials to be concerned.”
Following the article’s publication, the Dearborn mayor announced that security was increased at places of worship and major infrastructure points as a “direct result” of a Wall Street Journal opinion piece
He went on to say, “It’s equally important that [the Biden] administration recognize the rhetoric and decision-making that created the climate for it to be written in the first place.”
The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’s request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.