Statement by the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine

Latest hate crime in Vermont

Westland, Mich. – (Nov. 29, 2023) – Last weekend’s shooting of three Palestinian American college students in Burlington, Vermont, is the latest example of racism and violence aimed at Arabs and Muslims across the U.S., since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on Oct. 7.

While the Biden Administration announced a strategy to counter anti-Arab hate and Islamophobia in the U.S. earlier this month, many people within these communities, who are experiencing rampant fear and anxiety, believe the White House helped create the conditions since the outset of the war.

The American Federation of Ramallah Palestine condemns any act of violence, bigotry and hatred, particularly those based on a victim’s identity. We call on law enforcement in Vermont to investigate this shooting as a hate crime.

Furthermore, we condemn the ever-increasing loss of innocent civilians in Gaza and we urge the Biden Administration to call for an immediate ceasefire.

The rising tide of hate crimes against Palestinians demands our immediate attention and action to protect and stand by our community. Show your support by donating to their fundraising campaign.


About the AFRP: Located in Westland, Michigan, the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine (AFRP) is the largest organization representing Palestinian Americans throughout the U.S. Formed in 1959, the AFRP serves to protect the interests of its members while perpetuating the rich Palestinian heritage, traditions and culture.

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