By Yousef Ahmad

The United States has recently gone through some major changes in the last year. Culturally and socially people are more involved in politics and the types of issues that currently bog down the United States and the world at large. The cause of this heightened awareness among the general populace can be traced to the recent Presidential Election and how in said election, to the surprise of every poll, media outlet and person in the world, Donald Trump defeated Hilary Clinton. This caused panic around the world. Among world leaders there was nervousness and uneasiness about dealing with a person who was flagrantly outspoken and blunt. Among the political left, this was equivalent to armageddon, hell had frozen over and somehow the world had turned upside down, it had to be a bad dream. Suffice to say Donald Trump and his staff did not inspire much confidence in people around the world, except for his own constituents, of which they’re political affiliation varied from center-right to naked fascism.

Among some of his constituents, despite his threats of a Muslim registry and his threats to put more ground troops in the Middle East, were Arab-American Muslims. This would seem completely illogical to many, including the majority of Arab-American Muslims in the United States. One such Trump supporter is Nedal Tamer, a resident of the city of Dearborn in Michigan. Recently Mr. Tamer has spoken to numerous national media outlets and has been very outspoken about his support for the new commander in chief.

When asked why he, Mr. Tamer, supported the new President despite his combative rhetoric towards the Arab and Muslim Communities he referenced concerns regarding the economy here in the United States and foreign policy in regards to the Middle East.  “Mr Trump when he announced his campaign, he was against the invasion the war in Iraq and the invasion in Libya and Yemen. He was against all the wars in the Middle East. Wants to get the car industry back into Michigan. Obamacare has raised the health care rate 4 times as much.” In terms of the economy Mr. Tamer said he would like to see Trump “Bringing jobs, cut taxes for small business because most of the Arab and Muslim community are business people”

He also stated that “Many of the Arab businesses, and I’m one of them, are hurt from Obamacare” Mr. Tamer believes that the Arab American Muslim Community should engage and embrace the new administration with open arms, believing that this is the change the community has been in need of. In contrast, he stated about the past administration “we have never seen Obama or Clinton say anything about the invasions in the Middle East or to stop the slaughter in the Middle East. We see a lot of innocents being killed in Yemen Daily. We never saw Obama say that we should stop the airstrikes in Yemen or even mention Yemen. If we look at al Ramadi in Egypt, Obama never said anything. Mr. Trump says we will destroy ISIS and we should stand with him.”

When fact checking some of the claim that Trump opposed the Iraq war, it could be said this is true to a point, he opposed 6 months into the war. However, when it comes to Trump’s claim that he opposed the war before it began, according to Politifact.com, this is completely false.  In an interview with Howard Stern on September 11 2002, when asked if he supports a war in Iraq he replied “Yeah, I guess so”. Though it is well known and documented that Donald Trump is no pillar of integrity, and one can go onto Politifact.com or other fact checking websites to see that many of his claims are false.

When asked about the recent executive order and its recent suspension by the federal judiciary of the 9th circuit court banning people of seven Muslim Majority nations, five of which are Arab nations, Mr. Tamer simply had this to say “The President is doing what he promised, he is going to appeal the executive order”.  In his CNN interview Mr. Tamer made the argument that the community should not worry because the ban isn’t against Muslims. Mr. Tamer made this statement despite the fact that the executive order not only banned Muslims, but gave Syrian Christian refugees high priority in order to enter the United States. This is not an issue, they are after people in need of protection, the point is in the executive order Syrian refugees were banned from entering the U.S. indefinitely unless they were Christian. This is evidence to the contrary of Mr. Tamer’s belief that this is not a ban on people of these seven nations because they are Muslim. Further evidence that this executive order was designed to discriminate against peoples of the Islamic faith is that Sally Yates, Trump’s own acting attorney general at the time refused to defend it in court because it was unconstitutional. Further evidence can be found which supports the assertion that the new U.S. President has targeted these countries not because they pose an existential threat to the Homeland, but because of prejudice and ignorance.

There are Arab American Muslims who support Trump, many citing the same reasons. These reasons however are supported with very little evidence though and must be addressed. If the new President does reach out to the Arab American Muslim community, or any minority community, and impacts their lives in a positive way then it must be acknowledged.

Unfortunately, though the first few weeks of this new administration have been rife with controversy after controversy and it is in every minority community’s best interest, especially the Arab American Muslims, to reach out to each other and provide support to one another. Each of these communities cannot stand alone and must not turn a blind eye to one another’s misfortune at the hands of the government, be it Republican or Democrat. Steps have already been taken place by this Community and others to support one another. The Women’s March on Washington DC was a resounding success with one of the top organizer being Linda Sarour, an Arab American Muslim and other such demonstrations taking place across the country almost daily. This is the new civil rights movement and as Martlin Luther King jr., one the greatest champions of civil rights in this country, once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

بقلم‭ ‬يوسف‭ ‬احمد‭ ‬

لقد‭ ‬مرت‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭ ‬بتغيرات‭ ‬كبيرة‭ ‬خلال‭ ‬العام‭ ‬المنصرم‭. ‬أصبح‭ ‬الناس‭ ‬أكثر‭ ‬إنخراطاً‭ -‬ثقافياً‭ ‬واجتماعياً‭- ‬في‭ ‬السياسة‭ ‬والأمور‭ ‬التي‭ ‬تهم‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭ ‬والعالم‭ ‬الآن‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬كبير‭. ‬يعود‭ ‬السبب‭ ‬في‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬الزيادة‭ ‬في‭ ‬الوعي‭ ‬الى‭ ‬الانتخابات‭ ‬الرئاسية‭ ‬الأخيرة‭ ‬وكيف‭ ‬أنه‭ ‬في‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬‮«‬الانتخابات‮»‬‭ – ‬على‭ ‬عكس‭ ‬ما‭ ‬توقعه‭ ‬كل‭ ‬اقتراع‭ ‬أو‭ ‬قناة‭ ‬اعلامية‭ ‬أوشخص‭ ‬في‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬أجمع‭ ‬وهزم‭ ‬دونالد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬هيلاري‭ ‬كلينتون‭. ‬وتسبب‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬بالكثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬الذعر‭ ‬والقلق‭ ‬بين‭ ‬قادة‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬حول‭ ‬كيفية‭ ‬التعامل‭ ‬مع‭ ‬شخص‭ ‬فظ‭ ‬كهذا‭ ‬يفضحه‭ ‬لسانه‭. ‬أما‭ ‬بالنسبة‭ ‬لليسار‭ ‬السياسي‭ ‬كان‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬يعني‭ ‬نهاية‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬‮«‬أرماجدون‮»‬،‭ ‬وكأن‭ ‬أبواب‭ ‬الجحيم‭ ‬قد‭ ‬انفتحت‭ ‬وانقلب‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬رأسا‭ ‬على‭ ‬عقب‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬ما،‭ ‬لابد‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يكون‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬كابوساً‭. ‬يكفي‭ ‬القول‭ ‬بأن‭ ‬دونالد‭ ‬تراب‭ ‬وطاقم‭ ‬عمله‭ ‬لم‭ ‬يبعثوا‭ ‬بالثقة‭ ‬بين‭ ‬الناس‭ ‬حول‭ ‬العالم،‭ ‬ما‭ ‬عدا‭ ‬مؤيديه‭ ‬والذين‭ ‬يتراوحون‭ ‬في‭ ‬اتجاهاتهم‭ ‬السياسية‭ ‬بين‭ ‬اليمين‭ ‬الوسطي‭ ‬والفاشية‭ ‬العارية‭.‬

‭ ‬على‭ ‬الرغم‭ ‬من‭ ‬تهديداته‭ ‬للجالية‭ ‬المسلمة،‭ ‬وتهديداته‭ ‬بوضع‭ ‬المزيد‭ ‬من‭ ‬الجنود‭ ‬في‭ ‬الشرق‭ ‬الأوسط،‭ ‬يوجد‭ ‬من‭ ‬بين‭ ‬مؤيديه‭ ‬عرب‭ ‬أمريكيون‭ ‬مسلمون‭.‬‭ ‬وقد‭ ‬يبدو‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬أمراً‭ ‬غير‭ ‬منطقي‭ ‬بالنسبة‭ ‬للكثير‭ ‬وبشكل‭ ‬خاص‭ ‬الأغلبية‭ ‬من‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬الأمريكيين‭ ‬المسلمين‭ ‬في‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭. ‬وأحد‭ ‬هؤلاء‭ ‬المؤيدين‭ ‬هو‭ ‬نضال‭ ‬تامر،‭ ‬الذي‭ ‬يعيش‭ ‬بديربورن‭ ‬بولاية‭ ‬ميتشجن‭. ‬ومؤخرا‭ ‬تحد‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬مع‭ ‬الكثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬القنوات‭ ‬الإعلامية‭ ‬القومية‭ ‬وصرح‭ ‬بتأييده‭ ‬للقائد‭ ‬الجديد‭ ‬للبلاد‭.‬

عند‭ ‬سؤال‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬لماذا‭ ‬دعم‭ ‬الرئيس‭ ‬الجديد‭ ‬رغم‭ ‬خطابه‭ ‬العدائي‭ ‬ضد‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬الأمريكيين‭ ‬المسلمين،‭ ‬أشار‭ ‬الى‭ ‬الوضع‭ ‬الاقتصادي‭ ‬هنا‭ ‬في‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭ ‬والسياسة‭ ‬الخارجية‭ ‬فيما‭ ‬يتعلق‭ ‬بالشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭. ‬فقال‭ ‬أنه‭ ‬‮«‬عندما‭ ‬أعلن‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬عن‭ ‬حملته،‭ ‬كان‭ ‬ضد‭ ‬الغزو‭ ‬وضد‭ ‬الحرب‭ ‬في‭ ‬العراق‭ ‬وغزو‭ ‬ليبيا‭ ‬واليمن‭. ‬وكان‭ ‬أيضا‭ ‬ضد‭ ‬كل‭ ‬الحروب‭ ‬في‭ ‬الشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭. ‬وهو‭ ‬أيضا‭ ‬يريد‭ ‬إعادة‭ ‬صناعة‭ ‬السيارات‭ ‬مرة‭ ‬أخرى‭ ‬الى‭ ‬ميتشجن‭. ‬وقانون‭ ‬التأمين‭ ‬الصحي‭ ‬لأوباما‭ (‬أوباما‭ ‬كير‭) ‬رفع‭ ‬معدل‭ ‬الرعاية‭ ‬الصحية‭ ‬بأربعة‭ ‬أضعاف‭.‬‮»‬‭ ‬وفيما‭ ‬يتعلق‭ ‬بالاقتصاد،‭ ‬قال‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬أنه‭ ‬يود‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يرى‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬‮«‬يقوم‭ ‬بزيادة‭ ‬الوظائف‭ ‬وتقليل‭ ‬الضرائب‭ ‬على‭ ‬المشاريع‭ ‬الصغيرة‭ ‬لأن‭ ‬معظم‭ ‬الجالية‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬والمسلمة‭ ‬هم‭ ‬من‭ ‬رجال‭ ‬أعمال‭.‬‮»‬

وصرح‭ ‬أيضا‭ ‬أن‭ ‬‮«‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬المشاريع‭ ‬العربية،‭ ‬وأنا‭ ‬واحد‭ ‬منهم‭ ‬قد‭ ‬تضرروا‭ ‬من‭ ‬أوباما‭ ‬كير‭. ‬ويؤمن‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬أن‭ ‬المجتمع‭ ‬العربي‭ ‬الأمريكي‭ ‬المسلم‭ ‬يجب‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يتعامل‭ ‬مع‭ ‬الإدارة‭ ‬الجديدة‭ ‬بصدر‭ ‬رحب‭ ‬ويتقبلها‭ ‬بذراعين‭ ‬مفتوحين،‭ ‬مؤكدا‭ ‬أن‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬هو‭ ‬التغير‭ ‬الذي‭ ‬يحتاجه‭ ‬المجتمع‭. ‬وعلى‭ ‬النقيض،‭ ‬فقد‭ ‬قال‭ ‬عن‭ ‬الإدارة‭ ‬السابقة‭ ‬‮«‬لم‭ ‬نر‭ ‬قط‭ ‬أوباما‭ ‬أو‭ ‬كلينتون‭ ‬يقولون‭ ‬أي‭ ‬شيء‭ ‬عن‭ ‬غزو‭ ‬الشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭ ‬أو‭ ‬يوقفون‭ ‬المذابح‭ ‬هناك‭. ‬نرى‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬الأبرياء‭ ‬يقتلون‭ ‬في‭ ‬اليمن‭. ‬إذا‭ ‬تحدثنا‭ ‬عن‭ ‬الرمادي‭ ‬او‭ ‬في‭ ‬مصر،‭ ‬لم‭ ‬يقل‭ ‬أوباما‭ ‬أي‭ ‬شيء‭ ‬عنهما‭. ‬أما‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬فيقول‭ ‬أنه‭ ‬سيدمر‭ ‬داعش‭ ‬ونحن‭ ‬يجب‭ ‬أن‭ ‬نقف‭ ‬بجواره‭.‬

عندما‭ ‬نقوم‭ ‬بالتأكد‭ ‬من‭ ‬تلك‭ ‬الإدعاءات‭ ‬أن‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬كان‭ ‬قد‭ ‬عارض‭ ‬الحرب‭ ‬في‭ ‬العراق،‭ ‬يمكن‭ ‬القول‭ ‬بأن‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬صحيح‭ ‬الى‭ ‬حد‭ ‬ما،‭ ‬فقد‭ ‬عارض‭ ‬الحرب‭ ‬بعد‭ ‬مرور‭ ‬‮٦‬‭ ‬أشهر‭ ‬من‭ ‬الحرب‭. ‬ولكن‭ ‬بالنسبة‭ ‬لتصريح‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬بأنه‭ ‬عارض‭ ‬الحرب‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬أن‭ ‬تبدأ،‭ ‬حسبا‭ ‬لموقع‭ ‬Politifact.com،‭ ‬فإن‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬كلام‭ ‬غير‭ ‬صحيح‭ ‬على‭ ‬الإطلاق‭. ‬وفي‭ ‬مقابلة‭ ‬مع‭ ‬هوارد‭ ‬ستيم‭ ‬في‭ ‬الحادي‭ ‬عشر‭ ‬من‭ ‬شهر‭ ‬سبتمبر‭ ‬عام‭ ‬‮٢٠١٢‬،‭ ‬عندما‭ ‬تم‭ ‬سؤاله‭ ‬هل‭ ‬تدعم‭ ‬الحرب‭ ‬في‭ ‬العراق‭ ‬رد‭ ‬قائلا‭ ‬‮«‬نعم،‭ ‬أظن‭ ‬هذا‮»‬‭. ‬على‭ ‬الرغم‭ ‬من‭ ‬أن‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬معروف‭ ‬عنه‭ ‬كونه‭ ‬ليس‭ ‬أهلا‭ ‬للنزاهة،‭ ‬ويمكن‭ ‬للمرء‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يذهب‭ ‬لموقع‭ ‬مثل‭ ‬Politifact.com‭ ‬أو‭ ‬أي‭ ‬موقع‭ ‬أخر‭ ‬للتحقق‭ ‬من‭ ‬الحقائق‭ ‬ليرى‭ ‬أن‭ ‬الكثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬إدعائاته‭ ‬يفتقد‭ ‬للمصداقية‭.‬

عند‭ ‬سؤاله‭ ‬عن‭ ‬قرار‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬التنفيذي‭ ‬الأخير‭ – ‬والذي‭ ‬تم‭ ‬إيقافه‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬السلطة‭ ‬القضائية‭ ‬للدائرة‭ ‬التاسعة‭ ‬للمحكمة‭ ‬الفيدرالية‭ – ‬بحظر‭ ‬سبعة‭ ‬دول‭ ‬مسلمة‭ ‬كبرى‭ ‬من‭ ‬بينها‭ ‬خمسة‭ ‬دول‭ ‬عربية،‭ ‬قال‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬‮«‬يقوم‭ ‬الرئيس‭ ‬بما‭ ‬وعد‭ ‬به،‭ ‬سيقوم‭ ‬بالطعن‭ ‬على‭ ‬قرار‭ ‬المحكمة‮»‬‭. ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬ذلك‭ ‬قال‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬أن‭ ‬المجتمع‭ ‬لا‭ ‬يجب‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يقلق‭ ‬بشأن‭ ‬هذا،‭ ‬ذلك‭ ‬لأن‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬القرار‭ ‬لا‭ ‬يخص‭ ‬بالحظر‭ ‬المسلمين‭ ‬فقط‭. ‬أكد‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬على‭ ‬ذلك‭ ‬رغم‭ ‬حقيقة‭ ‬أن‭ ‬القرار‭ ‬لم‭ ‬يمنع‭ ‬فقط‭ ‬المسلمين‭ ‬بل‭ ‬أعطي‭ ‬أولوية‭ ‬للاجئين‭ ‬من‭ ‬المسيحين‭ ‬السوريين‭ ‬لتسهيل‭ ‬دخولهم‭ ‬للولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭. ‬هذا‭ ‬يعد‭ ‬دليلا‭ ‬واضحا‭ ‬على‭ ‬خطأ‭ ‬اعتقاد‭ ‬السيد‭ ‬تامر‭ ‬بأن‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬ليس‭ ‬حظرا‭ ‬للمسلمين‭ ‬من‭ ‬تلك‭ ‬الدول‭ ‬السبع‭. ‬وإليك‭ ‬دليل‭ ‬أخر‭ ‬على‭ ‬حقيقة‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬القرار‭ ‬فقد‭ ‬رفض‭ ‬سالي‭ ‬ياتس‭ – ‬المدعي‭ ‬العام‭ ‬للسيد‭ ‬ترامب‭ ‬في‭ ‬حينها‭ – ‬الدفاع‭ ‬عن‭ ‬القرار‭ ‬في‭ ‬المحكمة‭ ‬لأنه‭ ‬غير‭ ‬دستوري‭. ‬ويمكن‭ ‬إيجاد‭ ‬أدلة‭ ‬أخرى‭ ‬تؤكد‭ ‬أن‭ ‬الرئيس‭ ‬الأمريكي‭ ‬الجديد‭ ‬قد‭ ‬استهدف‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬الدول‭ ‬السبع‭ ‬ليس‭ ‬لكونها‭ ‬تشكل‭ ‬خطرا‭ ‬على‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة،‭ ‬ولكن‭ ‬نتيجة‭ ‬لحكم‭ ‬مسبق‭ ‬وجهل‭ ‬منه‭.‬

ويوجد‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬و‭ ‬المسلميين‭ ‬الأمريكيين‭ ‬الذين‭ ‬يدعمون‭ ‬ترامب،‭ ‬مستشهدين‭ ‬بنفس‭ ‬الأسباب‭. ‬على‭ ‬الرغم‭ ‬من‭ ‬أن‭ ‬تلك‭ ‬الأسباب‭ ‬ليس‭ ‬لها‭ ‬أدلة‭ ‬كافية‭ ‬تدعمها‭ ‬ويجب‭ ‬مناقشتها‭. ‬إذا‭ ‬لم‭ ‬يقم‭ ‬الرئيس‭ ‬بالتواصل‭ ‬مع‭ ‬المجتمع‭ ‬العربي‭ ‬الأمريكي‭ ‬أو‭ ‬المسلم‭ – ‬أو‭ ‬أية‭ ‬أقلية‭ ‬أخرى‭ – ‬والتأثير‭ ‬على‭ ‬حياتهم‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬إيجابي‭. ‬ولسوء‭ ‬الحظ‭ ‬فإن‭ ‬الأسابيع‭ ‬القليلة‭ ‬الأولى‭ ‬من‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬الإدارة‭ ‬الجديدة‭ ‬كانت‭ ‬ممتلئة‭ ‬بالتناقض‭ ‬تلو‭ ‬التناقض‭. ‬ومن‭ ‬مصلحة‭ ‬كل‭ ‬أقلية‭ ‬–‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬خاص‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬و‭ ‬المسلمين‭ ‬الأمريكيين‭ ‬ـ‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يتكاتفوا‭ ‬معاً‭ ‬ويوفروا‭ ‬الدعم‭ ‬لبعضهم‭ ‬البعض‭. ‬

ولقد‭ ‬لاقت‭ ‬مسيرة‭ ‬النساء‭ ‬في‭ ‬واشنطن‭ ‬العاصمة‭ ‬نجاحا‭ ‬مدويا،‭ ‬مع‭ ‬وجود‭ ‬ليندا‭ ‬سرور‭ ‬–‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬الأمريكية‭ ‬المسلمة‭ ‬–‭ ‬كأحد‭ ‬المنظمين،‭ ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬التظاهرات‭ ‬التي‭ ‬تحدث‭ ‬في‭ ‬كل‭ ‬مكان‭ ‬في‭ ‬الدولة‭ ‬بأسرها‭ ‬بكل‭ ‬شبه‭ ‬يومي‭. ‬هذه‭ ‬هي‭ ‬حركة‭ ‬الحقوق‭ ‬المدنية‭ ‬الجديدة‭ ‬وكما‭ ‬قال‭ ‬مارتن‭ ‬لوثر‭ ‬كينج‭ ‬الابن‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬–‭ ‬أحد‭ ‬أعظم‭ ‬أبطال‭ ‬حركة‭ ‬الحقوق‭ ‬المدنية‭ ‬في‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬البلد‭- ‬‮«‬إن‭ ‬الظلم‭ ‬في‭ ‬أي‭ ‬مكان‭ ‬هو‭ ‬تهديد‭ ‬للعدالة‭ ‬في‭ ‬كل‭ ‬مكان‭.‬‮»‬