Dearborn mayor ramps up police patrols after "Islamophobic rhetoric" in WSJ op-ed

The mayor of Dearborn announced Saturday that police will be ramping up patrols in his city after "Islamophobic rhetoric" in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

"Effective immediately - Dearborn police will ramp up its presence across all places of worship and major infrastructure points." Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said on X. "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."

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal posted an op-ed that referred to Dearborn as "America’s Jihad Capital" and that politicians & Imams side with Hamas. 

State Representative Alabas Farhat says their article is shameful.

"I think it’s a shameful attempt at getting more clicks to the website, more viewership," said State Rep. Alabas Farhat, D-3rd district. "Shame on the Wall Street Journal for publishing such a bigoted and Islamaphobic piece when you see hate crimes going up across the country."

Farhat says increasing security is the right thing to do.

"Even before this incident there have been threats of people saying they want to come to Dearborn and look for pro-Palestine supporters and hunt them - these are their words," he said. "Being pro-Palestinian is as simple as being pro-human rights; no one wants to turn on the television and see kids being murdered and killed."

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