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Dingell Statement on House Anti-Semitism, Anti-Islamophobia Resolution

Washington, DC, March 7, 2019

Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) issued the following statement after the House voted on a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism and Islamophobic language in our society:

“We will not be divided by fear and hatred. Anti-Semitism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by me or others in the Congress.  Equally as unacceptable is Islamophobic rhetoric that threatens many of my Muslim neighbors and is far too common today.  I voted in favor of the resolution on the House floor because of those reasons.  The first resolution which was circulated did not strike this balance, which is why I could not support it and worked with my colleagues to change it.  We cannot stifle free speech in this country or allow ourselves to be divided by fear and hatred. Throughout the course of our country’s history, language that is racist, sexist, intolerant, prejudiced, or discriminatory has divided and pitted us against each other. For instance, in my own community of Dearborn, my friends and neighbors have been targeted just because of their religion. Divided we fall, united we stand. We must rise against it and stand together.”

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