Zuckerberg, in Facebook post, extends support to Muslim community

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg extended his support to the Muslim community in the United States and around the world, invoking his Jewish heritage.

The support in a Facebook post Wednesday comes in the wake of anti-Muslim statements by GOP presidential contender Donald Trump, who called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Zuckerberg does not specifically mention Trump.

“After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” Zuckerberg wrote.

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“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone,” he added.

Zuckerberg also said in his post that Muslims are always welcome on Facebook, and that “we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”

The post received nearly 1.2 million likes in its first 17 hours online.

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