$240,000 Airline Settlement over Banning Arabic Script

Raed Jarrar received a $240,000 settlement from JetBlu and TSA over an incident in which he was not allowed to fly wearing a t-shirt with an Arabic phrase on it. For those who followed Iraq blogs, you might remember the Salam Pax site that asked “where’s Raed.” Well here he is.

Raed’s t-shirt said “lan nasmut,” “we will not be silent,” a slogan adopted by Arab opponents of totalitarian regimes from the White Rose group that opposed the Nazis. My recollection is that he was told at the time he should have known better than to wear Arabic while flying.

I wrote an essay at the time about what I see as the significance of such marking of difference by the American Right.

His blog is Raed in the Middle.

Gee, I think I have an Arabic t-shirt somewhere . . .
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$240,000 Airline Settlement over Banning Arabic Script

Raed Jarrar received a $240,000 settlement from JetBlu and TSA over an incident in which he was not allowed to fly wearing a t-shirt with an Arabic phrase on it. For those who followed Iraq blogs, you might remember the Salam Pax site that asked “where’s Raed.” Well here he is.

Raed’s t-shirt said “lan nasmut,” “we will not be silent,” a slogan adopted by Arab opponents of totalitarian regimes from the White Rose group that opposed the Nazis. My recollection is that he was told at the time he should have known better than to wear Arabic while flying.

I wrote an essay at the time about what I see as the significance of such marking of difference by the American Right.

His blog is Raed in the Middle.

Gee, I think I have an Arabic t-shirt somewhere . . .
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