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New York: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said he supported Muslims in his community and around the world.
Muslims in the United States and abroad have been criticised in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
His comments appeared aimed at countering the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Stating that I want to add voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world, Zuckerberg said, ” After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”
“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
Republican White House front-runner Donald Trump had on Monday caused international outrage, when he demanded a ban on Muslims travelling to the United States.
Trump on Tuesday likened his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States to policies implemented by former US President Franklin Roosevelt against people of Japanese, German and Italian descent during World War Two
“We have no choice but to do this,” the candidate seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race told ABC. “We have people that want to blow up our buildings, our cities. We have figure out what’s going on.”
Still, Trump said that Roosevelt’s policies were worse. During World War II, more than 110,00 people were forcibly detained in US government detention camps. Roosevelt issued the policies immediately after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, authorising law enforcement to target “alien enemies.”
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He currently leads Republican polls by double-digit margins over his nearest rivals. Fellow GOP candidates were among those condemning his plan, but senior party figures have refused to throw Trump under the bus, or even rule out voting for him.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon warned on Tuesday against fuelling Islamic State’s narrative of a US war with Islam, in a swipe at rhetoric by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that has triggered outrage around the world.