31.8.06

The Clash of Ignorance

Is it the airplane thing that makes people crazy or is it that Arabic thing? Read this.

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Apparently if you speak in Arabic on an airplane you're considered a terrorist, check the interview with Raed Jarrar here. The interview points out to other examples of these sad occurances of discrimination against Arabs (Arab looking or speaking people)/Islam (any dark man with a beard).

"How finally inadequate are the labels, generalizations and cultural assertions. At some level, for instance, primitive passions and sophisticated know-how converge in ways that give the lie to a fortified boundary not only between "West" and "Islam" but also between past and present, us and them, to say nothing of the very concepts of identity and nationality about which there is unending disagreement and debate. A unilateral decision made to draw lines in the sand, to undertake crusades, to oppose their evil with our good, to extirpate terrorism and, in Paul Wolfowitz's nihilistic vocabulary, to end nations entirely, doesn't make the supposed entities any easier to see; rather, it speaks to how much simpler it is to make bellicose statements for the purpose of mobilizing collective passions than to reflect, examine, sort out what it is we are dealing with in reality, the interconnectedness of innumerable lives, "ours" as well as "theirs."
- Edward Said.

23 Comments:

At Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:22:00 AM, Blogger apokraphyte said...

I call on all white boys and girls to report to any and all US ports of entry with as much Arab/Arabic crap as they can fit in the bags or plaster to their bodies. This is not quite civil disobedience, more like drowning the baby in the bathtub ...

blessings ...

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:34:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Well, it seems that the two women who make the shirts later flew JetBlue wearing them after this incident and they were fine. However, they are both white women... unlike Raed who has double trouble - being Arab AND being male.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:53:00 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

but the people are the ones reporting the 'potential terrorists'/Arabs!

arch, yeah i never get in trouble at airports, never get searched or detained which is what a lot of the guys here went through.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:10:00 AM, Blogger hillz said...

oh tell me, i got investigated for 2 hours. when u are (hopefully not)investigated try to keep the smile a long as u can.
and prepare all ur files, and be aware that they will photocopy everything even an old friends number found on a card that u forgot in ur bag.

and yeh, when they see the holy book, they will ask u if u pray, and how often do u pray.. u know secrity reasons..
why me!! maybe because of my skin?

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:26:00 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

ok i'm not going to tan anymore ;)
so fucking insane isn't it?

i had an indian friend who used to tell me how lucky i am because i would pass for a white person. i told him but they label me as 'a person of color' just because i'm from 'there' and because of that red passport that i won't give away for all the blue blood in the world. funny thing we're originally aryan blood. we're whiter than casper but fair or not.. i'm brown at heart..

next time i fly i'll take a qoran with me, put a palestinian tar7a on my neck sing allahu akbar and wear a green Tshirt that says, you eyes are my zilzal, your love is my ra3ed...

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:29:00 AM, Blogger hillz said...

looooooooool
3ajabneh ekher paragraph :D

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:37:00 AM, Blogger hashem said...

hehe Mirvat,
ana ma ba3rfek....ba3erfek shi? :)
eh bass halla2 khaibar byez3al....shu?
and by the way, the new lebanese passport is blue...shu fi shu baddek ta3mli...
no, seriously, the best part in this searching process is when they tell you that you were "randomly" selected....
inno...suspicious fhemna...bass mish 7mar..!
I'm preparing myself for the airport fun I'll have in 2 weeks from now....
2 weeks? yes...2 weeks....yaaaaaay!

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:41:00 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

abulhish.. i don't want to mention the sentence where i can fit khaybar ;)

i know it's blue!! my passport expired a long time ago :) i called my friend at the embassy and he said halla' mish wa'tek, it was war and all.. then i figued what the hell..

eh i know 2 weeks.. yalla we'll talk.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:38:00 AM, Blogger John Samford said...

The simple solution is for young arab males to stop trying to kill people on airplanes, then the situation would go back to where it was before young arab males started killing people on airplanes.
Hello, hello, is anybody in there?

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Eve said...

and the best part is you'll get randomly selected everytime!
I havent traveled much, but i did get my share at airports too. lik 7atta when we were walking bi a touristic street in russia, we were stopped and asked for our papers. so manneh sha2ra w 3youneh zar2a, maybe it means ra7 a3mel mouhemeh inti7ariyeh.

john samford,
didnt know we have a super genius on board! pfff.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 1:36:00 PM, Blogger gabrielf said...

for the years comıng ı thınk arab people wıll suffer ın the european aırports just for holdıng a arab wrıtten journal ın theır hands...sad.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:42:00 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

John,
Yeah right, because that's what young Arab males do for a living, huh? I, for one, design buildings for mentally and behaviorally retarded individuals. Maybe I should add you name to the list?

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:27:00 PM, Blogger SC said...

Edward Said is dead and burning in hell thank God.

That's where that baathist Raed Jarrar is going too. Some US marshal should've put a bullet in his head and saved us the trouble of seeing him whine like a typical muslim animal.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:39:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

lek haydal satleh sc kamein.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:09:00 PM, Blogger hummbumm said...

Jarrar is an ass, he is living here in the states and all he does is badmouth this country. I would like to see him try and pull his holier than thou crap somewhere else. Yes of course, he should not have been harassed, and yes racial profiling is crap, but I bet Raed himself crosses the street if a group of teenage black kids with baggy pants were walking up the street to him. Is that rascist? Yes but many do so, and why because of the odds. Let us be honest with ourselves, a terrorist in the US is probably going to look like Raed, and not courtney cox. Plus listing all these little anecdotal tales, i heard this and this happened to flen does not really mean shit. If one looks at censu numbers for muslims in the US they are better educated and earn more than the national average, in other words, they are not facing systemic discrimination, but are rather flourishing. The ultimate irony is of course, we know how frigging rascist lebanese are vs. any non white, make that all Arabs so give me a break

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:19:00 PM, Blogger Akiva M said...

I have no idea who Jarrar is, but whoever he is stopping someone for having arabic on a T-shirt is bullshit.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:19:00 PM, Blogger chris coughlin said...

To defend the airline about a quarter of the people on any given plane is on the verge of an anxiety attack due to fear of flying if you look at adding a young middle eastern looking guy with a arabic tee shirt you could create a flashpoint that ends up with some woman running up and down the aisles or some exmarine wanting to start a fight. They know when you are in the air you are stuck with all of the people and their psychosis so you try to head off problems beforehand.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:38:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Eve

joseywhales,

if blog quality mish 3ajbetak, mish daroureh tsharrefna bi 7oudourak. albeh 3leik ya3neh. ma3 el salemeh.


I wasn't talking about this blog but about many of the newer ones. But if the shoe fits...

Plus: you moderate this blog and make snide, RUDE remarks behind a guy's (SC) back in Arabic? Then you wonder why Arabs are treated like shit?.

No response needed, save your breath. You can all go back to worshipping that other hypocrite Edward Said and defending idiots like Raed whatever.

Good Night.

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:13:00 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

You are right, Josey, it is just not becoming to make snide, rude remarks behind a guy's back in a language he doesn't understand, so SC, here it is:
"Look at this idiot SC too."

And in a language you can relate to better, dear SC, I say:
"I hope you die and burn in hell, and then we'll be thanking God. Someone should put a bullet in your head, the animal that you are, and save us the trouble of reading your 'snide, RUDE' remarks."

Really, Josey, and you thought Eve's remarks are snide and rude after what--to use an Akiva's colorful phrase from another post--that "pile of human excerement" SC has written?!!

And by the way, cowboy, we stopped moderating this blog, or else SC's comment above wouldn't have made (and that I am still very tempted to delete). Though now, given the degrading level of discussion lately, we probably should revert to moderating. And mish 3ajbak? I repeat what Eve said. What do you think this is after all? The US? (Hint: sarcasm)

 
At Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:20:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

josey 3ayneh,
no response needed? fine if you can't take mine, bass la ma3loumetak i wasn't going to honor that with one aslan. btw, thanks li2annak khayef 3ala mashe3er sc. His sweet comments do need an advocate against rude remarks like mine. and i was wondering why they are treating us like shit! ya3neh merci kteer la 2annak waddateleh l fikra.

w bel mounesabeh me being a moderator doesnt deprive me of my right to be a commentor w contributor. you no like it, you no visit it :)

 
At Friday, September 01, 2006 2:21:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

I'm no fan of Said, and I know next to nothing about Jarrar, but anyone who uses the phrase "typical muslim animal" doesn't deserve any defending.

And I'm always glad to know I'm contributing, so thanks for using my idiom, Ash :)

 
At Friday, September 01, 2006 3:56:00 AM, Blogger Gosudarynya said...

It wasn't the tee-shirt, which is a convenient excuse. Raed was just sent a big, fat message by the "sc" types who hold all power in American government. Raed Jarrar is a perceived "threat" for the following reasons:

1. He is thoroughly and utterly pro-peace
2. He dares to speak, blog, interview and lobby in D.C.
3. His politics are secular and leftist
4. He is well-spoken and literate, a credible Iraqi we can understand

IOW, he is so opposite BushCo it's hard to fathom.

Jarrar has shown no fear of America thusfar; I imagine that is what galls the powers that be the most.

He is also active amongst "No war in Iran" types. At a time when the US so desperately wants to attack Iran, his thoughts are unwelcome.

 
At Friday, September 01, 2006 4:42:00 AM, Blogger Gosudarynya said...

Jarrar is an ass, he is living here in the states and all he does is badmouth this country.

Considering that the U.S. blasted his own country to hell, you should be glad he's as principled and humanistic as he is. Shame on you for your silly, childish remarks.

Hummbumm gives the impression that Americans are complete idiots. I'd like to counter that; in my anecdotal lifetime calculations including life and travel through 49 states (never been to Alaska), I'd estimate that only 60% of adults fall under the category of "Incredibly Stupid." The right wing is hoping to get that up to 97% asap.

As a definitely "white" person, I was treated quite well in Lebanon. (I doubt hummbumm travels.) I was treated with more courtesy there and in Damascus and all over Turkey and Egypt than in some parts of Europe, but that might not surprise many ;-).

 

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