Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it by Steven Salaita

By Steven Salaita

This day is a tough time to be either Arab and American. considering Sep 11 there was loads of feedback of America's involvement within the heart east. but there was little research of ways the US treats voters of Arab or heart jap foundation inside of its personal borders. Steven Salaita explores the truth of Anti-Arab racism in the US. He blends own narrative, idea and polemics to teach how this deep-rooted racism impacts every little thing from laws to cultural lifestyles, shining a gentle at the outcomes of Anti-Arab racism either at domestic and abroad.Uniquely, the booklet indicates how ingrained racist attitudes are available in the innovative routine at the political left, in addition to the perfect. Salaita argues that, less than the guise of patriotism, Anti-Arab racism fuels help for rules akin to the Patriot Act. Salaita breaks down the facade of Anti-Arab racism with an insightful research, arguing for the urgency of a dedication to openness and inclusion in modern-day political weather.

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17 Another study, by Eli Podeh of the Hebrew University, suggests that “while certain changes in Israeli textbooks are slowly being implemented, the discussion of Palestinian national and civil identity is never touched upon … . ”19 The Salaita 01 intro 37 11/1/06 16:31:29 38 ANTI-ARAB RACISM IN THE USA student’s observation is corroborated by Adir Cohen’s 1999 An Ugly Face in the Mirror, which presents some disturbing survey results: among fourth to sixth-grade Jewish children at a school in Haifa “seventy five percent … described the ‘Arab’ as a murderer, one who kidnaps children, a criminal and a terrorist.

As a result, a handful of terrorists has come to represent 300 million Arabs. In today’s America, which appears to be as stricken by religious fundamentalism as any Islamic nation but Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan (and more than the anti-Islamic regimes in Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt), public debate has become so infantile that most talk programs have resorted to booking a parade of idiots who pontificate about our moral duty to defeat evil. Evil, of course, means Arabs. Or, at the very least, it insinuates that evil is exclusive to the Islamic world while the United States has a divine monopoly on goodness.

In contrast, the culture of the barbarians needing liberation is necessarily terroristic if the rationalization for torture and intervention is to succeed. ) After 9/11 the word terrorism wasn’t simply called into service as a pretext to fulfill a longstanding plan to invade Iraq. It was also employed to mystify rabid xenophobia. As Terrence P. 37 No matter their political sensibilities, Jeffrey’s readers won’t have to analyze his argument too thoroughly to understand that he wants no Arabs in the United States whether they arrived here legally or not.

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