Orthodox Jewish man dedicates vote to fallen Muslim soldier in a rare moment of tolerance during the American election
An Orthodox Jewish man has dedicated his vote to a fallen Muslim soldier (Pixabay)
During a more conciliatory moment of the divisive and vitriolic American presidential elections an Orthodox Jewish man has dedicated his vote to the fallen Muslim-American soldier, Captain Humayun Khan.
In a Twitter post which has been retweeted 12,000 times, and liked 27,000 times, Yosef Rapaport, the son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, shared a picture of himself holding his ballot alongside an image of Captain Khan.
I'm an Orthodox Jewish Immigrant My vote is private. Dedicated in honor of US CPT Khan, his devotion makes (religious) freedom possible pic.twitter.com/httaaUspeM— Yosef Rapaport (@YosefRapaport) November 8, 2016
The soldier in question, who was killed in a suicide bomb in Iraq in 2004, is the son of Khizr Khan who famously spoke out against Donald Trump’s racism and bigotry at the Democratic National Convention in July. On that occasion he pointed out that his son, who has been praised as a war hero, would not have been in the US under Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.
Mr Rapaport told The Independent: “Following the issue during the campaign about the loyalty of Muslims, he [Captain Khan] is a prime example of why religious bigotry is wrong and a prime example of the opposite; of how we can come together in one country dedicated to an ideal of religious freedom.”
Many on social media responded very positively to Mr Rapaport’s actions:
@YosefRapaport This is what America is supposed to be. Thank you sir.— Michael Carlson (@Carlsonsports) November 8, 2016
@YosefRapaport This made me tear up as I stand in a long line waiting to vote in NYC— Lisa M (@ColumbusNYC) November 8, 2016
@YosefRapaport Bless you. What a beautiful post.— Liz (@MmeLibertine) November 8, 2016
@YosefRapaport thank you for reminding everyone that Americans of all faiths, and no faith, have sacrificed for our religious freedom— VetsForObama (@VetsForObama) November 8, 2016
@YosefRapaport Mr. Rapaport, as your coreligionist and as the great grandson of Hungarian immigrants, you make me extremely proud.— Norman A. Schwartz (@Norman6874) November 10, 2016
Mr Rapaport even responded to one Twitter user whose wife had died in military service:
While President-elect Trump’s rhetoric can be divisive, then, at least there was one event on election day to unite American opinion and symbolize unity regardless of our differences.