Rana Abdelhamid, a muslim activist who wants to defund the police, announced her campaign to unseat Democratic US Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
Abdelhamid is a member of the AOC-backing Democratic Socialists of America and works for Google as a “global marketing and partnerships lead.”
Abdelhamid says that the surveillance of muslims after 9/11 is what pushed her to become an activist.
“It was the surveillance and the stop-and-frisk policies of the NYPD after 9/11 that pushed me to organize.”
According to the New York Post:
Abdelhamid made even more inflammatory comments during an interview posted on YouTube in March 2020 by the United Nations Association of the USA.
“The Muslim community post-9/11 in New York — my neighborhood, my street –experienced a lot of NYPD surveillance, a lot of state-sanctioned violence,” she said.
And following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, Abdelhamid co-authored an essay on the website of the Muslim Grassroots Movement that’s titled,
“Dear Non-Black Muslims: To Be Anti-Racist Is To Help Defund The Police.”
Among other things, it claims that,
“we don’t actually need policing.”
“Many of you might argue that police are important to maintain civility and keep us safe,” she and co-author Haleema Bharoocha wrote.
“We must ask the question ‘to keep who safe, from what exactly?’ Islam has a built in model for community care … that we can build in our own communities in practicing the sunnah [customs] and teachings of Islam.”