Donald Trump's immigration ban, targeting Muslims, may be helping ISIS

Who would have thought that blatant anti-Muslim bigotry would be used by radical Islamic terrorists for recruiting?

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published February 8, 2017 6:45PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Nish Nalbandian)
(AP Photo/Nish Nalbandian)

President Trump's infamous Muslim ban has proved to be a potent recruitment tool for ISIS.

Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for The New York Times who specializes in al-Qaeda and ISIS, explained this in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

This isn't the first time that Middle Eastern reporters and observers have noticed how the Muslim ban plays right into ISIS's hands.

"ISIS (and al-Qaeda before it) has long focused its propaganda on a putative laundry list of crimes the US and its Western allies have supposedly committed against Muslims around the world," writes Jennifer Williams in Vox. "It seeks to convince Muslims living in the West that their governments are against them, and that they must therefore take up arms and defend Islam against these attempts to destroy it."

As one example, Williams cites an issue of ISIS's propaganda magazine which predicts that "Muslims in the crusader countries [i.e., the West] will find themselves driven to abandon their homes . . .  as the crusaders increase persecution against Muslims living in Western lands."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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