Arthur Jones is a Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois, and he’s also (you won’t see this coming) the former leader of the American Nazi Party. He’s predictably running an anti-Semitic and homophobic campaign, but a recent newspaper ad for his candidacy had (we didn’t see this coming) our YallaVote logo attached to it. The ad attempts to gain the vote of Arab Americans by going after Israel. And to this whole thing, we say: Hell no! That’s why we sent Mr. Jones a cease and desist letter demanding an immediate end to his use of the logo. Jim Zogby further explained: “Art Jones cannot use AAIF’s YallaVote logo in a shameful attempt to exploit criticism of Israel to build support for his anti-Semitic and homophobic agenda. This despicable ad not only targets our Jewish and LGBTQ communities, it also does grave harm to the Arab American community” (you can check out our full take here). Now there is a dispute about how exactly the logo ended up in Arthur’s ad (with some indications it could be the paper’s error), but all that matters is our clear and simple message: our community categorically rejects anti-Semitism and homophobia, as it does all forms of bigotry.

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