Arab vs. Wilmington NC?
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Following the Miami demonstration, further evidence of the glories of immigration from the Middle East comes from Wilmington NC: Palestinian Americans rally in downtown Wilmington to raise awareness by Jon Evans WNECT Wilmington Jan 9, 2009 06:10 PM EST

More than 50 Palestinian Americans started the rally at Riverfront Park around 4:00 Friday afternoon. They were joined by many who are sympathetic to their cause. Those involved in the rally were not protesting U.S. policy in the Middle East, but instead raising awareness, along with showing sympathy and support for the Palestinians still left behind in Gaza and the West Bank.

In contrast to the Miami performance, the North Carolina affair was orderly and well managed, judging by the film clip on WNECT’s web site. Also reasonable:

"The Israelis will tell you that Hamas started that by firing some missiles into Israeli towns and cities," said organizer Musa Agil. "But they will not tell you that they have imposed a siege, a blockade on the Gaza strip for the past three years. So, the Palestinians in Gaza have been dying very slowly, and now they are dying in large numbers."

Apart from wondering why an old Southern town like Wilmington needs Arab immigrants, readers will remember that Wilmington produced one of the more vivid examples of the War against Christmas this season, as documented by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic: Rudolph the Jewish-American Reindeer 10 Dec 2008, and discussed by us here

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" caused a stir at a New Hanover County (North Carolina) school.  A parent complained about the song's religious reference and got it pulled from her child's kindergarten Christmas show at Murrayville Elementary School. The song was pulled "because it had the word Christmas in it," said Rick Holliday, assistant school superintendent. A Jewish mother, who didn't want her name published, objected to what she called "religious overtones" in the song. So the principal agreed to pull it from the program

So, on the one hand, a militant if disciplined Arab immigrant community. On the other, a Jewish community with at least some recklessly aggressive members. And in between...America. Wonderful.

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