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The need to stand up for our place in America
as Americans,
not as second class citizens

Dear friends, 

APAAM was founded shortly after September 11th, 2001 to stand up for our Arab and Muslim American communities.  We stood up in our uniform to tell America, leave our people alone.  We are not terrorists, and we had nothing to do with 9/11.  “Look at us; we’ve been serving this great country since the revolution – A Syrian immigrant died, for this country’s independence, on May 1, 1776 while he was serving as part of the 18th Continental Army under General George Washington.”  Since then, we’ve fought in every military campaign throughout American’s history.  Over 15,000 Arab Americans served in WWII to help rid the world of fascist Nazi tyranny, and threat of Japanese Imperialism.   

In the past year, Islamaphobia and Arabaphobia have been the hot topic in the media and throughout American communities.  From a Texas farmer who built a pig race track next to a piece of property that had a permit authorized to have a mosque built on it to the renewed attacks, graffiti, and defamation of Arab American establishments throughout the United States.  What amazes me is that the discrimination and assault on our community is so blatant open, and accepted as seen in the nightly media.  It is our place to educate our fellow Americans on who we are, not the other way around.  They don’t understand us – but with time, hope and understanding will prevail!  In the 1800’s, Texas was settled by Russians, Germans, Jews, Hungarians and Arab Americans.  Suleiman’s Arabs in America: Building a New Future (Temple University Press, 1999).  NOTE A

Fifteen percent of Arab Americans in the Detroit area said they have experienced harassment or intimidation since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and a significant number wish other Americans understood them better, according to a University of Michigan report.  That would be 60,000 Arab Americans in the Detroit area who have experience discrimination.  If you expand that to the 3 Million Arab Americans and 10 Million Muslim Americans in the entire United States, that would be 450,000 Arab Americans, and 1,500,000 Muslim Americans who have experienced discrimination since 9/11.  That is entirely way too much discrimination for any ethnic community in America!  NOTE1 

Haven’t we as a country learned from the negative affects of the discrimination that the African American, German, Irish, Japanese, Mexican, Jewish, and Italian Americans faced throughout our history! 

We have to do something about it.

It seems that the fear of 9/11 is crescendoing up to a fever pitch once again to the Arab and Muslim communities!  After 9/11 our communities mobilized and banded together to support one another in solidarity to defend themselves against bigotry, racism, and discrimination. 

In his 2003 book, Aladdin Elaasar says, "More than two years have passed marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, yet we are still recuperating from the shock that this sad and tragic event has caused us, as a society. The American people are still trying to make sense out of what happened. Meanwhile, the public’s interest to learn about Arabs and Muslims, in general, and Arab and Muslim Americans, in particular, has been unprecedented. The nation has been looking for means of self-healing and reconciliation.” NOTE2  

Well what happened to the self healing and reconciliation that Aladdin Elaasar talks about?  We need to act on the current post 9/11 fervor and mobilize to educate our critics and our fellow Americans about who we are!  There are some who might disagree with me, but I think that we have to re-start and push the momentum of education to understanding - until America gets it! 

Muslims and Arab Americans are here in America to live in peace with their fellow Americans sharing in the same hopes and dreams that brought all of us to American in the first place.   

We need “the need” to act on behalf of our communities - the need to stand up for our place in America as Americans, not as second class citizens.  Military service-members of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military are represented from Arab American communities throughout the United States.  We are here to represent the honor and patriotism of the Arab American communities.   

Jamal S. Baadani
President & Founder
Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military

January 24, 2007






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