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As an Arab of Moroccan origins, I am perplexed at an article that was recently published in your newspaper during Purim and titled “100,000 Palestnians Shot by Israeli Soldiers” (February 25, 2021).

The article contains the phrase “after all the Arabs are shot once, we look forward to shooting them again.” This is a clever way to link between war and the COVID-19 vaccine.

During these times when America is divided, and while I condone and celebrate freedom of press, I think the Link—and any press outlet targeting a specific religious/ethnic group—ought to understand that every word has an immense effect and propagates quickly.

I respect satire and generally do not take offense by it, but would the Link and its readers be indifferent if an Arab-American news outlet were to publish anti-Jewish satire on a Muslim holiday? I will guess that the Link and its readers would feel bothered by anti-Jewish satire written by non-Jews, and I would sympathize with that feeling. And that is a two-way street.

Yassine Elkaryani
Teaneck
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