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Organizations Call for Unity Following Attacks in Belgium, Turkey

The groups call comments from pundits and politicians "inflammatory"

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    Police officers stand guard around the Maalbeek Metro station following a blast at the station in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.

    Advocacy groups are calling for community unity following the terrorist attacks in Belgium and Turkey earlier this week, according to NBC News.

    An open letter, published by Muslim Advocates and Media Matters for America, criticizes anti-Muslim rhetoric from politicians and pundits, calling their comments “inflammatory.”

    "After the Brussels attacks, like clockwork, many media figures and politicians immediately cast Muslims globally as the problem and called for increased targeting and surveillance of Muslim communities throughout the U.S.," the letter reads. "Others chose to politicize the tragedy by suggesting an expansion on the use of torture and a ban on all Muslims and refugees from entering the country."

    The letter was signed by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Japanese American Citizens League, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.