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Letter to Members of the Jewish Caucus from Florida Muslim Organizations

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Rep. Micheal Gottlieb, Co-Chair, District 98

Rep. Emily Slosberg, Co-Chair, District 91

Senator Lori Berman, District 31

Senator Lauren Book, District 32 

Senator Tina Polsky, District 29 

Senator Annette Taddeo, District 40 

Representative Mike Caruso, District 89

Representative Ben Diamond, District 68

Representative Randy Fine, District 53

Representative Joe Geller, District 100 

Representative David Silvers, District 87 

Representative Allison Tant, District 9 

 

Dear Esteemed Members of the Jewish Caucus of the Florida Legislature,

Your name has been used to promote hatred, division, and incitement to violence. On May 14th, 2021, Representative Randy Fine released a statement, presumably on behalf of the entire Jewish Caucus, that dehumanizes all Palestinians and uses Islamophobic tropes. He continued along with the statement to post, from his official FaceBook account, a defense of the statement in the forms of comments including:

  • “Proud to stand with my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, in condemning the Islamic terrorism coming out of Gaza. I fully support Israel using maximum force to punish these animals. #NoMercy” 
  • He responded to a comment about Palestinians in their homes and maintaining respect with “#BlowThemUp” 
  • And replied “YES,” when asked in a comment if it was ok that US reporters were in the news building that was bombed. 

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It has come to our attention that not all legislators listed have given their permission or consent for the remarks to be made on their behalf. We certainly hope that is the case. On behalf of the over 400,000 Muslim constituents in the state, this egregious language not only attacks and villanizes Muslims but directly incites violence against them. 

Not only that, but the statement released fails to acknowledge the current internationally recognized human rights violations conducted by Israel, including the bombing of civilian homes, hospitals, and schools, the killing of children and attacks on places of worship, including al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site for over 1.8 billion Muslims across the Globe. 

In light of this unfathomable conduct of an elected official, we demand that the legislators enclosed immediately:

  • Issue a statement denouncing Representative Fine’s hateful and violent remarks; 
  • Support calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Palestine, where over 240 individuals and over 61 civilian children have already been murdered;
  • Denounce and work to end US funding of human rights violations including the targeting and killing of children;
  • Issue independent statements that recognize the humanity of Palestinians and condemn the illegal occupation they are enduring. 


Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance and guidance in responding to your constituents regarding the above. 

Sincerely,

Raniah El-Gendi

CAIR-Florida Programs and Outreach Director

*The following FL Muslim Organizations of Florida are additional signatories:

South Florida Muslim Federation

EMGAGE

ICNA Council for Social Justice

 

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