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Dearborn Increases Police Presence After WSJ Article Calls City ‘America’s Jihad Capital’

Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

DEARBORN, Feb. 5, 2024 ~ Police presence increased over the weekend in Dearborn after the Wall Street Journal published a column widely condemned as Islamophobic.

Dearborn, the largest Muslim city per capita in the U.S., was the target of a piece titled “Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital,” which drew sharp condemnation from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, President Joe Biden, and Mayor Abdullah Hammoud. The latter of whom called the article, “Reckless. Bigoted. Islamophobic.


Feb. 5, 2024 ~ Chris Renwick talks with Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud about the Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that branded Dearborn, Michigan as a ‘jihad capital‘. What does the mayor think and how has this affected the city of Dearborn?

Feb. 5, 2024 ~ Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-6) chats with Marie Osborne about the Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that ran this weekend about the city of Dearborn.

Effective immediately, Dearborn police will ramp up its presence across all places of worship and major infrastructure points,” Hammoud said Saturday on X, formerly Twitter. “This is a direct result of the inflammatory WSJ opinion piece that has led to an alarming increase in bigoted and Islamophobic rhetoric online targeting the city of Dearborn.

Whitmer would also post on Sunday, saying that, “Dearborn is a vibrant community full of Michiganders who contribute day in and day out to our state. Islamophobia and all forms of hate have no place in Michigan, or anywhere. Period.

Biden also condemned Islamophobia in a post on Sunday, coming shortly after one of his campaign aides canceled a visit to Dearborn due to a backlash from community members angered over the president’s support of Israel‘s assault on Gaza. This military campaign, supported by the U.S., has seen over 27,400 people killed in Gaza.

Islamophobia and antisemitism have spiked since Oct. 7, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations reporting 3,578 complaints of Islamophobia in late 2023.