Boston Bombings

Boston Bombings

* To see Facebook interactions, find my original Facebook post here and there.

Tonight, as people ponder the responsibility of Arabs or Muslims in yet another awful terror act in the US, many Arabs feel compelled to show that they too are human beings who, despite hailing from nations who consistently suffer from the same terror that was perpetrated on Boston, choose to empathize with this American tragedy and not belittle it in comparison to their woes. No matter what the culprit’s identity turns out to be, I hope that the American principles of openness, tolerance and equality prevail in the hearts of all Americans as they take a stance against bigotry that may be brought by such terrible moments of pain. And to fellow Middle Easterners and/or Muslims, I genuinely wish to believe that those who know what tragedy and terror feel like would never wish it upon innocent fellow human beings, and would never, ever relish in the awfulness of seeing fellow innocent human beings suffer at the hands of terror… I really love you Boston, you have made strides compared to your fellow American cities and world cities in terms of education performance, liberty advancements, crime fights, being the first to get in the ring for gay rights, and upholding your status as one of America’s most vibrant cultural centers. May our hearts one day prevail in our eternal struggle against violence.

Written by Sara El-Yafi


  1. Lamia Tabbaa · April 16, 2013

    Beautifully said as always Sara El-Yafi , your eloquence is humbling

  2. Beti Herschman · April 16, 2013

    Sara, as a Bostonian for 21 years, I am personally moved by your words. Thank you for this call to dignity and humanity during a moment when we are forced to grapple with the meaning of the latter.

    • Sara El-Yafi · April 16, 2013

      My dear Beti, thank you for your beautiful words. Sending you all my love wherever you may be.

      • Beti Herschman · April 16, 2013

        Wherever I may be…not so far from you or at least the land of your heart. Here in Jerusalem.

  3. Rania Masri ElKhatib · April 16, 2013

    Well said Sara El-Yafi may peace be in all our hearts! Enough hatred and enough tragic innocent lives dismissed

  4. Vinay Rai · April 16, 2013

    Completely agree :)). Never let the face of terror loose in us our faith in the goodness of the universe and its ability to meet the challenges it throughs upon us by the crazy acts if a few who have no religion or cast or creed other than destruction

  5. Lynn Ammar · April 16, 2013

    Sara, your words and thoughts are just impressive! i’ve never seen anyone who has this super talent of expressing in the best form what most of us think and feel deep inside, yet dunno how to exteriorize!

    • Sara El-Yafi · April 16, 2013

      Lynn, What an amazing comment to receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for these beautiful words… I hope I always get to read your eloquent opinions and comments.

  6. Karam Toubba · April 16, 2013

    A lot of people here are using formal words…

    In my case, I just would like to say:


    /celebration over.

  7. Khaled ElAref · April 16, 2013

    Sara El-Yafi’s typically beautiful insight on a tragedy that hit one of my favorite cities in the world.

  8. Rima Abed · April 16, 2013

    Well said Cuz….

  9. Leen Za · April 16, 2013

    Well said

  10. Mirna Kassar · April 16, 2013

    By the way, his comment has been deleted…

  11. Nathalie Hauben · April 16, 2013

    Vreselijk! Al die mensen die gewond of overleden zijn. De familie en vrienden van hen. Maakt niet uit waar je woont. Zijn toch allemaal kinderen die geliefd zijn en ouders!!

  12. Shirin Shahzada Yassin · April 16, 2013

    My sentiment exactly.

  13. Baudouin Abdelnour · April 16, 2013

    First class vitims and second class victims … hypocrite world

  14. Zeina Shahzada-Majali · April 16, 2013

    well said!

  15. Meta World peace · April 26, 2013

    “May our hearts one day prevail in our eternal struggle against violence.”

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