Monday, August 21, 2006

I want this T-shirt

Via Democracy Now!, I learned that a man was detained and questioned at JFK for wearing a T-shirt that said "We will not be silent" in English and in Arabic.

This is because the Arabic translation of "we will not be silent" is "I am a terrorist," at least in the opinion of linguistically, culturally and politically challenged Americans (i.e. the majority). The man, Iraqi peace activist and blogger Raed Jarrar who now resides in the US, was ordered to change his shirt if he wanted to board the plane.

Jarrar was returning from a trip to the Middle East, where he and the others in his group met with Iraqi parliamentarians to talk about ending the American occupation. While in Syria they visited a Lebanese refugee camp, where, when it was learned that they had come from America, they were yelled at for funding the bombs dropped on Lebanon, and made to leave.

Read more here; as Raed ruefully concludes,
It sucks to be an Arab/Muslim living in the US these days. When you go to the middle east, you are a US tax-payer destroying people's houses with your money, and when you come back to the US, you are a suspected terrorist and plane hijacker.


Blogger Elizabeth said...

What one needs to do is wear a sweatshirt or something OVER the Arabic t-shirt and take off the sweatshirt when the plane is well over the Atlantic...

5:04 AM, August 22, 2006  

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