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1.0 out of 5 stars 98% fact free book, March 10, 2006
This review is from: The Arab Americans: A History (Paperback)
Hoping Gregory Orfella would provide the rare opportunity to understand American history from the perspective of the Arab American,I began reading his book eagerly.

I can appreciate Orfella's pride in the achievements of hardworking first generation immigrants, but when it comes to politics please stick to facts. On page 151, he describes that "in 1948, full-scale war broke out between the Zionist forces and the idigenous Palestinian Arabs" they are described as "poorly reinforced" and "rag-tag".

In reality, a day after it's Declaration of Independence, Israel was attached by five (5) Arab countries, Egypt,Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

I had hoped this would be a new important book, helping to build bridges to understanding and peace. Instead it fatally weakened by the old self serving Palestinian rhetoric.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2010 3:57:00 PM PST
I find review by Quincy Girl to be the typical Zionistic nonfactual misleading comment. History books tell us that the facts are to the contrary. Sixty some years later Israel exists as a pariah state violating all the Geneva conventions, humanitarian lows, and use if prohibited weapons of war.

Posted on May 9, 2010 10:59:37 PM PDT
Y. T. Ali says:
The book is good, save for the political stand of the author?
What book is 100% factual and unbiased? I believe it is the comment of Quincy Girl that are biased; she gives an excellent book, a 1-star review, incapable of assessing the book's value because of her own political bias. A conflict has many sides, and for bridges to be built, one has to see the other side before building a so-called bridge; not eliminate the other's point of view for the sake of a hegemonic history in which only one side is innocent, victimized and righteous, and other purely evil.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 1:36:24 PM PDT
fred akel says:
Typical Anti-Semitic comment from a Zionist. Forget not Quincy Girl Arabs were also in the German Concentration camps. Both Jewish People & Arabic people are Semites and were killed at the same percentage/per population as the the Jewish people. And it was Europe that did not give them a Independent State in Europe after WW2.
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