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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.
“May our hearts one day prevail in our eternal struggle against violence.”
First class vitims and second class victims … hypocrite world
My sentiment exactly.
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!!
By the way, his comment has been deleted…
Well said Cuz….
Sara El-Yafi’s typically beautiful insight on a tragedy that hit one of my favorite cities in the world.
A lot of people here are using formal words…
In my case, I just would like to say:
THIS IS SO AWESOME OMG SARA YES!!! WOOHOOO!!
Karam 🙂 Thanks for that and for those capitalized words.
Lots of people on my list are reposting this on their front page.
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!
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.
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
Well said Sara El-Yafi may peace be in all our hearts! Enough hatred and enough tragic innocent lives dismissed
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.
My dear Beti, thank you for your beautiful words. Sending you all my love wherever you may be.
Wherever I may be…not so far from you or at least the land of your heart. Here in Jerusalem.
Beautifully said as always Sara El-Yafi , your eloquence is humbling