Salaam. My name is Fatin. I'm a Palestinian Muslim (al-hamdillah). I'm 18-years-old and I currenty live in New York City.
Believe me when I say that what has been going on in Iraq is breaking my heart. When I heard about what happened to Abeer Qasim Hamza, I lost my mind. I was shocked but not surprised, because after all Iraq is currently under occupation, and when man has power in his hands he unfortunately gets tempted to take advantage of it, even if the outcomes are so terrible.
May Allah bring justice for Abeer, her family, and all the innocent Iraqis that have become victims to this monsterous war.
I do feel the need to address your email, Sammar, because it seems that you have a prejudice towards Americans. Please understand that at this point many Americans oppose the war and call for it to end (perhaps more than half of the American population).
The actions of the terrible president and some of the American soldiers don't represent the actions or feelings of the American people. I dislike the American government and its tactics, the American military and its tactics and the American media and its tactics. Many others feel the same way:
Americans, Christians, Jews, etc. Sometimes when I watch the news I become hateful towards anyone who isn't Arab or Muslim as well, but once I leave my house and talk to my friends, my teachers, my neighbors, I realize that there are many good people out there who may not practice the same religion but have a good heart and understand humanity and compassion.
You are probably well-aware of what's going on in Gaza and Lebanon. Two days ago, I went to a protest that took place in front of the Israeli mission to the United Nations. There were about 1500 people there, but not just Palestinians and Lebanese. There were Egyptians, Algerians, Morroccons, Yemenis, Americans and Jews! Orthadox Jews were at our protest carrying Palestinian and Lebanese flags and condemning Israel for its immoral actions (and also denying its right to exist). If you like, I'll send you pictures of the protest and you'll see how wonderful it was.
One thing I saw that touched my heart is an old American man, who at the words of the speakers at the demonstartion yelled and cried in solidarity with all of us. If you saw him you would understand what I mean. Wallah I wanted to hug him!
If you're wondering, there is more sympathy here in America towards Iraq than there is towards Palesitne...
Please understand my point of you. I am Arab Muslim like I said, born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Don't think that I am "Westernized" and therefore don't know what I am saying. I am a Muslim before I am anything else. You may not agree with my point of view, but please know that there are some good and great Americans over here. Unfortunately, you only see the armed ones that kill your people and rape your women.
But if you saw the other side of the coin, I'm sure you will change your mind.
May Allah smile upon you and all Iraqis and help you all with your tragic struggle.
your sister Fatin