Saudi Arabia and the UAE are responsible for fueling hatred against Islam and violence against Muslims in the West, the Foreign Policy article said.
These regimes intentionally push propaganda about political and religious activists from their countries now living in the West to marginalize and silence them in their new homes.
Many of these individuals fled repression and sought protection in democracies; labeling them as religious or stealth jihadis makes it easier to discredit their anti-regime activism. The rise of powerful Western Muslim activists and politiciansadds to these regime’s anxiety about its own domestic stability.
The article concluded by saying that “the role of foreign countries in fueling the cycle of prejudice and xenophobia deserves to be an urgent area of focus. Contrary to what Habtoor said about Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, talk is not cheap. As events in New Zealand have shown, talk can cost innocent lives.”