The work, titled “1700 Percent: Otherance,” features racist statements written across a white wall. Ali said the piece seeks to bring attention to hate crimes against Muslims and Arabs in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. As part of the evolving display, Ali and other artists have read aloud the words and also stained them with a mixture of tea, coffee and ink, Ali said.
The exhibit by Muslim graduate student Anida Yoeu Ali is part of a larger series of work at the school titled “”1700% Project,”” which uses art as a form of response to hate crimes, the statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations said.
The school said in a statement: “We are saddened by this incident and we are empathetic to Anida’s situation. …Vandalism is never an appropriate response to a work of art.”
Amina Sharif writes, “The conflict in Israel and Palestine is political, not religious. It is not between Jews and Muslims; it is between the government of Israel and the people of Palestine (who are Muslim and Christian).
“In reality, many Jews — even in Israel — sympathize with the Palestinians and criticize their own government’s policies toward Gaza and the West Bank.”
In his op-ed Nasatir highlights the amazing efforts by Jews in America and Israel in the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and for this, I truly commend them. But what about the humanitarian crisis in Palestine? Israeli checkpoints violate Palestinians’ basic human rights by denying medical vehicles and services. This contrasts sharply with Israel generously building a hospital in Haiti.
How does a secular newspaper look at organized religion and address issues of faith and spirituality?
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