Mar 08 2007

My letter in the NY times

Published by at 4:48 am under Blogs

To the Editor:

 As a columnist, Thomas L. Friedman is free to state an opinion. I agree with him that reform is necessary in the Arab world; there are many reform heroes. But reprinting a poem by an Arab poet that generalizes an entire nation is the way that stereotypes are made and perpetuated. If you replace the word “Arab” with “Jew,” or replace the words “an Arab country” with “a black neighborhood,” this poem would not be fit to print.

Daoud Kuttab 

 March 4, 2007

The writer is director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, West Bank.

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