REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Muslim rights and advocacy teams in Massachusetts have accused a Revere metropolis councilor of anti-Islamic social media posts.
City councilor George Rotondo Jr. insisted late Tuesday his on-line posts “are not what they are being called” and mentioned the allegations have been “totally politically motivated.”
But Jetpac, a political motion committee that helps Muslim candidates for public workplace, and the native chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations known as for an investigation of the posts. The two teams wish to know if Rotondo is utilizing metropolis sources to advertise what they are saying is an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant agenda.
Jetpac and the Islamic council say Rotondo has posted hyperlinks a number of occasions to “propaganda” by discredited anti-Muslim teams resembling Jihad Watch and a YouTube video that describes Portland, Maine, as “overrun” by migrants from Africa.
“We’ve seen throughout history that hateful rhetoric inspires violence,” Jetpac’s govt director, Mohammed Missouri, mentioned in a press release. “Councilor Rotondo has the right to say what he wants on his own time, but Revere residents also have a right to know if he’s using any public resources as a city councilor to promote hatred of Muslims.”
John Robbins, govt director of the council’s Massachusetts chapter — the state’s largest Muslim advocacy group — mentioned the posts “demonstrate a disturbing pattern of animosity against Muslims.”
“Muslims of Revere, who include children, police officers, teachers, doctors, and their families, deserve more from their elected officials,” he mentioned.
In March, the group mentioned it acquired 232 requests in 2018 for authorized help for civil rights instances associated to harassment, hate crimes, journey abuses and discrimination.