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Amer Zahr

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Posts by Amer Zahr
Amer Zahr | Sunday, April 8, 2018 | (18 Comments)
It’s been more than a week now of Israel murdering Palestinians in Gaza. To be clear, their deaths were ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, March 1, 2018 | (20 Comments)
Before I get into this amateur movie review of “Black Panther,” and before I get into trouble, let me ... (Continue reading)
It’s quite popular these days to declare that Donald Trump’s racist views on immigration are “un-American.” He only wants ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 8, 2017 | (9 Comments)
It doesn’t matter where anyone builds their diplomatic palaces. Jerusalem still speaks Arabic. I’ve heard her. Hundreds of restaurants ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | (2 Comments)
The events of the past couple months circulating around the Palestine/Israel saga have been even more intriguing than usual. From ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | (3 Comments)
It is quite easy to identify the Islamophobia of Donald Trump and many on the right. The “Muslim Ban,” ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, November 11, 2016 | (6 Comments)
Donald Trump won. I’m not here to tell you that Bernie would have beaten him, or that Hillary won ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | (No comments)
As an Arab American surrogate for Bernie Sanders, there’s been a lot to think about since yesterday’s endorsement of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, June 10, 2016 | (3 Comments)
I was an Arab-Muslim-Palestinian-Christian-American kid growing up in a quiet, all-white, insulated suburb of Philadelphia.  I always knew I ... (Continue reading)
Five days ago, the Palestinian people received a gift from the people of South Africa.  Last Tuesday,  a massive ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, April 18, 2016 | (1 Comment)
In 2008, we said, “This is the most important presidential election in a lifetime.” We were wrong. In my ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, March 28, 2016 | (3 Comments)
There is absolutely no shortage of drama in being a Palestinian. No matter where one lives, a Palestinian experiences ... (Continue reading)
Many of us read the now quite-widely circulated article yesterday in The Daily Beast attacking Bernie Sanders for being ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, February 22, 2016 | (7 Comments)
Many of us read Professor Steven Salaita’s hard-hitting oped in Salon ten days ago, where he declared, quite loudly ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, February 12, 2016 | (34 Comments)
Dear Beyonce, I watched your Super Bowl performance last Sunday.  I heard your words.  I was excited. Ecstatic. Encouraged. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, January 17, 2016 | (4 Comments)
In the 1988 American presidential election, 60% of white voters cast their ballots for Republican candidate George H.W. Bush.  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 25, 2015 | (12 Comments)
We Palestinians see ourselves in the shadow of Jesus.  Two thousand years ago, Palestinians were the first followers of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 11, 2015 | (6 Comments)
Theories abound as to why Donald Trump has enjoyed such a meteoric political rise.  Is it because he appeals to working-class ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, November 27, 2015 | (2 Comments)
He was brash. Reckless. Audacious. Walking right in front of police officers like he had nothing to fear.  It ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, November 19, 2015 | (5 Comments)
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | (1 Comment)
Late last week, WXYZ Detroit, the local ABC news affiliate here, told us about an eye-catching billboard in the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, October 22, 2015 | (4 Comments)
There were warning signs. We all knew he was a little off, but I never thought it would get ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | (6 Comments)
Dear President Obama, I’m just like you. Sure, I’m an Arab Palestinian, and you’re a white-Anglo-Saxon-black-Kenyan. But we’re both ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | (7 Comments)
The generation of our fathers and mothers preserved and protected the one thing Israel has tried for 70 years ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | (8 Comments)
Israel, things are not going well for you. It’s been 67 years. You’ve tried everything. And we’re still here. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, August 17, 2015 | (8 Comments)
I am in Ramallah. Restaurants with creative menus and talented chefs abound. You can run into tiny spots with ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | (6 Comments)
I’m an immigrant, sort of. I was born in Jordan in 1977.  My mother came to America from her ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, July 17, 2015 | (5 Comments)
Dear Senator Graham, What happened yesterday in Chattanooga was tragic.  Everyone should agree about that.  It should be assumed. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, July 10, 2015 | (5 Comments)
Something funny happened on the internet this week. On Tuesday, Snapchat featured Tel Aviv in a 24-hour “live story.” ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, June 21, 2015 | (3 Comments)
ISIS a fringe group that believes it is saving the soul of the Islamic world. It believes that its ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, June 18, 2015 | (3 Comments)
What happened last night in Charleston triggered a range of emotions. President Obama said he felt “heartache,” “sadness,” and ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | (6 Comments)
I have just returned from a two-week trip to Palestine. I am quite sorry that I was not very ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, May 15, 2015 | (4 Comments)
Today is Israeli Independence Day.  We Palestinians call it “Nakba Day.”  “Nakba” translates from Arabic into English as “catastrophe.”  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, May 8, 2015 | (12 Comments)
Dear Pam, I’ve been watching you.  Now, I don’t mean that I’ve been “watching” you in the same way ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, May 1, 2015 | (3 Comments)
Sidi Bouzid is a modest city of about 120,000 in central Tunisia. Mohamed Bouazizi was a fruit vendor on ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, April 10, 2015 | (10 Comments)
I’m noticing something going on in my country.  America is under attack. This week, at the University of Michigan ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | (9 Comments)
The media has damaged me. I must confess something.  I was watching CNN last week when the first reports ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | (33 Comments)
Last week, in upstate New York, many residents of a small town got all bent out of shape. Pine ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | (14 Comments)
Imagine this. A ninth-grader sits in school every day. He has no disciplinary problems. He is the only black ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | (13 Comments)
This past Monday night, I participated in a panel debate at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | (17 Comments)
We spend a lot of our time talking about immigrants, minorities, and foreigners.  But we almost never talk about ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | (10 Comments)
After Tuesday’s events in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, some are saying that the triple murder of Deah Barakat, Yusor ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | (11 Comments)
The killing of young, promising college students would normally be a pretty big story.  Shootings on or near campuses ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, January 31, 2015 | (4 Comments)
By most accounts, American Sniper depicts its Arab Iraqi subjects in a simplistic and shallow fashion.  No one has ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | (7 Comments)
The prime minister of Israel is coming to visit us.  He’s not coming to meet with President Obama.  He’s ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, January 16, 2015 | (13 Comments)
Terrorism. Islamic terrorism. Islamism. Jihadism. ISIS. Al-Qaeda. AQAP. Muhammad. Or just Islam. It is the top story in the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, January 9, 2015 | (38 Comments)
I refuse to condemn. I refuse to condemn ISIS. I refuse to condemn Paris. I refuse to condemn 9/11. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 26, 2014 | (23 Comments)
Two weeks ago, I was in Jerusalem. I stayed in the Jerusalem Hotel, one block from the largest entrance ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, October 9, 2014 | (5 Comments)
The events of the past couple weeks have confirmed something we Arabs and Muslims have known for some time: ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (6 Comments)
We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s short tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the story about two weavers who promise ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, August 28, 2014 | (9 Comments)
In 2008, as an Arab American and person of color, I voted for Barack Obama. I didn’t vote for ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, August 17, 2014 | (6 Comments)
It is hard for me to see Ferguson through anything other than Palestinian eyes. The killing of 18-year-old Michael ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | (36 Comments)
For many, following all the ins and outs of the Israeli-Palestinian saga can be confusing.  Hamas did that, the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, August 2, 2014 | (7 Comments)
If you’ve been observing, following, and analyzing Israel, especially in its current offensive in Gaza, you might be asking ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | (36 Comments)
Dear Jon, I, like many Americans, watch you just about every day.  You’re welcome.  I’m not sure if you ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | (4 Comments)
Israel, Don’t you see what is going on?  I won. It’s over. There are protests around the world, all ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | (11 Comments)
Over the past couple of weeks, many of us Palestinians have been incessantly writing, posting, tweeting, and commenting about ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | (8 Comments)
No one else can understand a Palestinian’s relationship to Israel, and I wouldn’t expect as much. She consumes us, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | (2 Comments)
Over the past week, the American press has latched on to the story of Tariq Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, June 27, 2014 | (25 Comments)
I watched “Tyrant” on FX the other night. I had to. Ever since I saw the preview, I knew ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | (10 Comments)
An Arab should pick his or her favorite World Cup team carefully. But before I get into that, a ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | (5 Comments)
Someone needs to give Bill O’Reilly a hug. And that someone should be a Muslim. In 2010, Bill O’Reilly ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | (121 Comments)
Every now and then, I come across Arab Americans who tell me, “Why are you hung up on this ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | (5 Comments)
Pope Francis recently concluded his visit to the Holy Land. Now, I’m not a religious guy, but it doesn’t ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | (14 Comments)
I have been saying for a fairly long time that we Arabs are not white, despite both our lack ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | (209 Comments)
Arabic translation below… ????? ?????? ??????? ??? ???? ?????????? Dear George, Congratulations. Mabrook. You’re marrying Amal Alamuddin, an international ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, April 20, 2014 | (16 Comments)
I’m not a religious guy. I might talk about Jesus in a different way that priests, ministers, and popes ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, April 18, 2014 | (47 Comments)
Before I moved to Ann Arbor in 1995, I had never met a Chaldean.  Ok, in truth, I had ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | (3 Comments)
Last week’s shooting at Fort Hood was horrific.  Army Specialist Ivan Lopez murdered 3, wounded 16, and then he ... (Continue reading)
The current negotiations between Israel and us Palestinians are essentially over. The whole episode was probably never going to ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | (7 Comments)
This week, ABC Family picked up a pilot episode of “Alice in Arabia.”  ABC Family belongs to the family ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, March 7, 2014 | (7 Comments)
We Arab Americans are in the midst of a civil rights movement.  Profiling and discrimination are rampant.  We are ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, February 23, 2014 | (4 Comments)
Last week, the Palestinian right of return made a special news appearance. For some time, the issue has been ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, February 16, 2014 | (8 Comments)
Israel, I know how you feel. It’s been a tough year.  And it’s only just started. Your world seems ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, February 3, 2014 | (8 Comments)
Thank God for DVR.  Otherwise, I might have thought I had hallucinated when I saw not one, but two ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | (6 Comments)
It is time. It is time to talk about the failure of Israel. I am not speaking of a ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, December 15, 2013 | (11 Comments)
This past week, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and her guests were discussing an article recently published on Slate.com ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, December 8, 2013 | (3 Comments)
I wasn’t going to write anything in the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela.  I thought it would ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 18, 2013 | (31 Comments)
A couple of weeks ago, it might have been cute if I had shown you the above array of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, November 7, 2013 | (18 Comments)
Yesterday, a very interesting e-mail arrived in my inbox.  ADC (the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) informed me that they ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 4, 2013 | (5 Comments)
Okay, listen up all you Muslims. Stop complaining. No more grumbling. Enough with the whining. The shooting at Los ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | (4 Comments)
Last weekend, college students from around the country converged on Stanford University for a conference of the Students for ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, October 24, 2013 | (25 Comments)
I’ve been on some Arab dating sites (OK, all of them), and I’ve noticed while I’ve messaged many women, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | (5 Comments)
Now, as I’ve said before, I watch the news all the time.  It’s a social activity.  And watching this ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | (3 Comments)
It’s hard to describe what it felt like listening to Benjamin Netanyahu speak yesterday at the United Nations.  Many ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, September 20, 2013 | (12 Comments)
At first glance, it may have seemed that we Arabs were not that present in the news this week.  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, September 16, 2013 | (37 Comments)
Something amazing happened on CNN last night. Palestinians were portrayed as human beings. In his show “Parts Unknown,” Anthony ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, September 13, 2013 | (4 Comments)
It’s been 20 years since Oslo. We Palestinians might not be good at everything, but we are strangely talented ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, September 8, 2013 | (7 Comments)
Dear President Obama, My views about the current situation in Syria are borne out of my experience and existence ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | (2 Comments)
In “The Godfather,” we watch Michael Corleone go from idealistic, youthful, and ethical to violent, depraved, and dishonest.  It ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | (3 Comments)
So they tell us the Palestinians and Israelis are meeting in Jerusalem to discuss peace.  There might be some ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | (2 Comments)
Ramadan is over.  Muslims can re-join American society in breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as opposed to dinner, late dinner, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, July 29, 2013 | (5 Comments)
Last week, President Obama hosted an Iftar at the White House.  “Iftar” is the nightly breaking of the fast ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, July 19, 2013 | (7 Comments)
This week, there has been much talk about John Kerry’s efforts to reignite the stalled peace process between the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | (6 Comments)
Palestinian-Americans are split on a fundamental American issue: football. Many of those from my father’s generation of immigrants are ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, July 8, 2013 | (1 Comment)
Ramadan, in part, is meant to be a reminder to all Muslims as to how lucky they are to ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | (10 Comments)
(This post has been slightly revised from July 4, 2012, and re-posted now) I love America, but sometimes it’s ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, June 28, 2013 | (2 Comments)
The 2010 United States Census Form sent me on a very interesting journey. After I told the government my ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | (2 Comments)
Things keep happening, and our leaders keep saying nothing. The Arab International Festival event has been a staple in ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | (13 Comments)
Well, it’s that time of year.  It’s the day when we Palestinians commemorate the establishment of the state of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, May 10, 2013 | (7 Comments)
A couple weeks ago, I performed at the invitation of the Arab Student Association at the University of Iowa.  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, April 19, 2013 | (13 Comments)
I was planning on having a lazy Friday watching funny YouTube videos, reading my Facebook News Feed, and catching ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | (14 Comments)
Have you lost your mind?  Seriously, when we first met, I thought you were the one I had been ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, March 23, 2013 | (33 Comments)
Mr. President, I very closely followed your trip to Israel this week, and I have to say, you confused ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | (58 Comments)
Mr. President, I hear you are traveling to Israel next week.  As a concerned patriotic American citizen of Palestinian ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, March 4, 2013 | (9 Comments)
Being a Palestinian is relentless.  It’s action-packed, hectic, and lively.  It’s frantic, frenzied, and chaotic.  It’s frenetic, feverish, and ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | (3 Comments)
On Friday night, live on national TV, Bill Maher said: “Based on every statement I’ve heard from every Republican ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, February 14, 2013 | (5 Comments)
Being an Arab means knowing certain things.  We know we created algebra, we know we have to get to ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | (2 Comments)
This past Sunday, my post here on The Civil Arab discussed the ongoing property tax dispute between HYPE Athletics ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, January 27, 2013 | (No comments)
Everyone knows that Dearborn, Michigan is the center of Arab-America. It contains the largest concentration of Arabs anywhere in ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, January 20, 2013 | (2 Comments)
Seriously, what would Israel do without us? Israelis are struggling with their identity, with their future. Mainly they’re asking ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 19, 2012 | (14 Comments)
How do I explain who we are? We wake up every morning with a hole in our hearts, for ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 5, 2012 | (10 Comments)
Four years ago, I voted for Barack Obama.  And I’m doing it again tomorrow.  Why?  Well, first of all, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, October 26, 2012 | (19 Comments)
Where is Bill O’Reilly when you need him? This week, Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a survey that contained some ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, October 21, 2012 | (7 Comments)
Mitt Romney is clearly a very nice white male.  But he made some big news this week.  During the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, October 13, 2012 | (4 Comments)
The life of a Palestinian can be pretty depressing.  We have to deal with dispossession and the refugee life. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, September 29, 2012 | (11 Comments)
This week, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations.  As a ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | (2 Comments)
Well, America, welcome to democracy in the Arab World.  This is what it looks like. Breaking News: Arabs are ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, September 13, 2012 | (48 Comments)
Some idiot made a film depicting an image of the prophet Muhammad. So what? He even called the Quran ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, August 6, 2012 | (8 Comments)
Sunday’s attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin was horrific. The attacker killed six worshippers and turned ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | (1 Comment)
From +972Mag, where this appears as an op-ed analysis: Look, as a Palestinian, I’m used to hearing racist epithets ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, July 20, 2012 | (No comments)
Michelle Bachmann has a funny way of saying “Happy Ramadan.” Last week, the Minnesota congresswoman disclosed that she and ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | (7 Comments)
It’s May 15 again, and we are still here.  We haven’t gone anywhere.  Though, if you’ve been watching the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, April 28, 2012 | (4 Comments)
A weird thing happened last week.  A major American media outlet told the truth about the Israeli occupation of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | (9 Comments)
I’m not saying Israel has anything to hide, but this doesn’t look good. In the past few days, Israel ... (Continue reading)
I’m a Palestinian, so I watch the news all the time.  And I’ve been intensely watching for the past ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | (No comments)
Today, my state of Michigan is holding its Republican presidential primary.  Both frontrunners have gotten into hot water, Mitt ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, February 20, 2012 | (1 Comment)
We have recently learned that the New York Police Department has been monitoring Muslim students throughout the northeastern United ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, February 10, 2012 | (18 Comments)
I love watching reality TV. Whether it’s “Cupcake Wars,” “Storage Wars,” or “Shipping Wars,” I just can’t get enough.  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, February 4, 2012 | (7 Comments)
We don’t get to choose our moms, so I consider myself pretty lucky. She has been unconditionally loving and ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, January 21, 2012 | (12 Comments)
I’ve always been prone to lose things.  It’s probably because I enjoyed a fairly privileged upbringing.  I grew up ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, January 13, 2012 | (5 Comments)
About a month ago, I attended the annual banquet of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Dearborn, Michigan.  Over ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | (7 Comments)
2011 was a busy year for Arabs. According to my calculations, we were on CNN at least once every ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | (4 Comments)
This week, I experienced a kind of confusing racism I never could have imagined. Since I am proud of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | (6 Comments)
Well, another Christmas has come and gone.  To Palestinians, this holiday is really special.  Jesus was one of us.  ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | (7 Comments)
The Muslims on TLC’s “All American Muslims aren’t evil enough.  That’s why home-improvement giant Lowe’s pulled its ads from ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, December 11, 2011 | (26 Comments)
So I was watching the news on Friday (as I always do… remember, CNN is a social activity for ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 2, 2011 | (13 Comments)
Shafeeq Zahr was born in Nazareth around 1912. He was smart, funny, and dashingly good-looking.  He was a Palestinian, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | (6 Comments)
Dear Barack, We Arabs and Muslims in this country were so excited when you won in 2008.  We all ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 14, 2011 | (4 Comments)
Barack Obama must be wondering how, in the midst of a recession, high unemployment, and little hope, he got ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, November 7, 2011 | (6 Comments)
What a crazy couple months. We Arabs just cannot get out of the news. Whether it’s Qaddafi, Palestine, Syria, ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | (5 Comments)
Sometime this week, Mahmoud Abbas will be asking the United Nations Security Council for full recognition for the State ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, September 11, 2011 | (9 Comments)
On September 11, 2001, I was 24 years old.  I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, September 2, 2011 | (1 Comment)
Ramadan can cause a lot of confusion throughout this country. For the past 30 days, Americans have been wondering ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, August 25, 2011 | (4 Comments)
For us Arabs, this month has definitely not been short of news. Libya is in the middle of a ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, August 13, 2011 | (3 Comments)
“There’s a little bit of Israel in all of us… Come find the Israel in you.” That’s what I ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | (8 Comments)
Muslims are entering the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, reflection, and sleeping in whenever possible. As ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Saturday, July 16, 2011 | (23 Comments)
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to perform at the annual convention of the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, June 20, 2011 | (3 Comments)
On June 8, I wrote a column entitled “The Arab Spring & Big, Bad, Scary Muslims” about the depiction ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | (8 Comments)
Yes, that was the cover of the most recent edition of The Atlantic, one of America’s foremost magazines on ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | (3 Comments)
The Israeli-Palestinian marriage is reaching a monumental tipping point. With a right-wing Israeli government that has basically told the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | (3 Comments)
As a Palestinian-American, I have spent the last week glued to my television set. The Palestinian-Israeli saga has been ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, May 16, 2011 | (7 Comments)
It’s May 15. Israeli Independence Day. Nakba Day. Israelis “celebrate” this day. We Palestinians “commemorate” it. “Celebrate” and “commemorate” ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, May 13, 2011 | (3 Comments)
A few weeks ago, I returned from a month-long trip in Palestine, where I performed some comedy shows, ate ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, May 2, 2011 | (5 Comments)
Osama bin Laden is gone…  finally.  His death will save lives.  It will also change lives around the world. ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, April 22, 2011 | (3 Comments)
Today, Pastor Terry Jones of Florida tried to burn a Quran in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is home to the ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | (2 Comments)
It was two years ago that Israel was completing its invasion into Gaza. Over 1400 Palestinians were killed, over ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, January 3, 2011 | (No comments)
One of the perils in writing about the Palestine/Israel question is that one can sometimes be misunderstood. There are ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, December 27, 2010 | (5 Comments)
For Palestinians, Christmas is very special. We’re related to Jesus. My family is from Nazareth, and I’m pretty sure ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Friday, December 10, 2010 | (9 Comments)
Helen, don’t you know that you can’t say the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine?  Don’t you ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, November 25, 2010 | (8 Comments)
As an Arab-American, Thanksgiving is an especially wonderful holiday.  I have even more things to be thankful for than ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, October 4, 2010 | (10 Comments)
When Aladdin came out, I was a teenager.  I thought it was awesome.  Finally, Disney made a movie about ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, September 20, 2010 | (5 Comments)
There are a few things I know about Barack Obama. I know that he was born in Hawaii. I ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | (2 Comments)
Israel attacked (not surrounded, not redirected… attacked) a ship bringing supplies to Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, May 17, 2010 | (3 Comments)
Dear Rima, I’d like to give you my number, but that would be way too forward and Arab of ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, May 9, 2010 | (2 Comments)
Invariably, a crazy Muslim or Arab does something crazy every now and then. We have our share of crazies ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Sunday, April 11, 2010 | (1 Comment)
On the 2010 Census form, as on almost every other form that asks one to identify his race, there ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Monday, March 15, 2010 | (No comments)
Something funny is happening in Israel. There’s trouble in paradise. Last week, on March 10, CNN ran a front-page ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, February 18, 2010 | (2 Comments)
Less than a week ago, I was performing at a private party for about 75 Arab-Americans in the suburbs ... (Continue reading)
Amer Zahr | Thursday, November 19, 2009 | (2 Comments)
Jon, I’ve been watching you First, thank you for airing the interview you conducted with Mustafa Barghouti and Anna ... (Continue reading)