This program started me on a bit of research. I am somewhat puzzled by African American participation in Islam given Arab Muslim participation in the slave trade, past and present. Anyone interested can find plenty on the subject on the Internet. Clearly neither Portuguese nor Dutch nor Barbary Coast Muslims nor Africans themselves nor America can claim innocence. Right now the practice continues in northern Sudan and Saudi Arabia and is accepted by some of the Muslim radicals who have gained power in the wake of the Arab "spring".
Another comment by Mr. Nashashibi, that hearing Hebrew spoken was frightening to him, makes me wonder what he would feel if he was a Jew living in Israel hearing the Iranians brag that their new centrifuges will make the nuclear annihilation of Israel happen sooner than when they were constrained by their older, slower, centrifuges. Happy talk is nice but isn't it time to face reality?
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