Apparently now if something is written in Arabic on a T-Shirt, that means that the person wearing it is a terrorist.
This would be funny if it wasn’t so disturbing.
Here’s what happened: An architect of Iraqi descent has said he was forced to remove a T-shirt that bore the words “We will not be silent” before boarding a flight at New York.
Mr Jarrar’s black cotton T-shirt bore the slogan in both Arabic and English.
Raed Jarrar said security officials warned him his clothing was offensive after he checked in for a JetBlue flight to California on 12 August.
Mr Jarrar said he was told a number of passengers had complained about his T-shirt – apparently concerned at what the Arabic phrase meant – and asked him to remove it.
He initially refused, arguing that the slogan was not offensive and citing his constitutional rights to free expression. After a difficult exchange with airline staff, Mr Jarrar was persuaded to wear another T-shirt bought for him at the airport shop.
“We Will Not Be Silent” is a slogan adopted by opponents of the war in Iraq and other conflicts in the Middle East.
It is said to derive from the White Rose dissident group which opposed Nazi rule in Germany.