We Demand Justice:
Iftar as an Act of Resistance
The War on Terror was launched in September 2001, after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This nebulous war has involved a set of counterterrorism policies domestically, wars and intervention abroad, and the exporting of violent tactics to repress various populations – though most notably, Muslim communities.
Under President Trump, the War on Terror has escalated leading not only to a exponential increase in the use of drones, but the curbing of TPS policies, aggressive surveillance tactics targeting Black activists, and the detention and attempted deportation of Somalis.
The Muslim community continues to be a favorite target of the President Trump and thus his brand of state sanctioned Islamophobia has included three Muslim bans in addition to the selection of deeply anti-Muslim characters for various appointments in his administration.
As the US War on Terror enters it’s 17th year, countries around the world have adapted the U.S.’s brutal tactics, especially towards Muslim communities that have disproportionately and egregiously targeted as terrorists. One of these countries, is the Philippines where President Duterte has killed thousands of civilians in the context of his failed drug war.
Last April, when Justice for Muslims Collective attempted to co-host Muslim activist Jerome Aba in Washington, D.C., despite having a visa, he was interrogated, tortured, and deported back to the Philippines by Customs and Border Protection.
These massive acts of state violence against Muslim communities across the globe is what prompted Justice for Muslims Collective to hold a resistance iftar to combat and challenge the rising climate of Islamophobia. Moreover, as Muslims fight to claim their inherent rights, Justice for Muslims recognizes that our struggles are interconnected and related and that none of us is truly free until we are all free. Therefore, #DCResistanceIftar is rooted in the importance of standing against state violence whenever and wherever it occurs.
- The War on Terror has and continues to target Muslim communities disproportionately based on the premise of collective responsibility
- The U.S. has created a differential system of justice for Muslims sanctions abuse while emboldening perpetrators through the nonexistence of accountability methods and systems
- The War on Terror has reinforced the rhetoric of Muslim as terrorist through policies that are anti-Muslim by design and/or through implementation
- Countries across the globe have taken a green light from the abuse of Muslims in the United States to abuse their Muslim communities under the guise of “terrorism”
- Tactics targeting Muslims have become more sophisticated, involving for example, countering violent extremism programs that serve as soft counterterrorism methods, but which employ highly invasive surveillance strategies
- As marginalized communities across the globe continue to suffer from brute acts of state violence, we must stand united in our resistance and calls for liberation
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