Group says Islamophobia on the rise

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Dozens gathered in White Plains this weekend for an event aimed at countering Islamophobia.

Two local Muslim leaders spoke to people at the Ethical Culture Society on Saxon Wood Road on Sunday.

Officials from the Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia say subjects like women in Islam and jihad are frequently misunderstood.

They also say anti-Muslim hostility is on the rise nationwide. "Organizations like ISIS and so on are confusing their beliefs with the beliefs of all Muslims [that] they are [a] radical group; Muslims do not agree with them, they do not support them in any way, but it has been heightened much more since [President] Donald Trump came in," says WCAI Committee member Khusro Elley.

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