Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Man barred from flight for wearing Arabic T-shirt

Pictured: Jarrar wearing the 'offending' shirt and
the airline JetBlue which barred him

An architect of Iraqi descent was forced to remove a T-shirt emblazoned with a slogan in Arabic the BBC reported today on its website. Raed Jarrar was told by security officials that his T-shirt, which bore the slogan ‘We Will Not Be Silent’ in both Arabic and English, was offensive and asked him to remove the offending item bore boarding a JetBlue flight bound for California on the 12th August. US transport officials are said to be conducting an inquiry after a complaint from the US Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. JetBlue said it was also investigating the incident but a spokeswoman said: "We're not clear exactly what happened." Jarrar said he was “shocked” by the request. He eventually boarded the flight after he was provided with another T-shirt bought for him. "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 [Parker Studio.comPosted by Picasa

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