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  •  I'm from MI (0+ / 0-)

    but now thankfully live far, far away.  I think partly because of a failing economy, the Arab American community there takes a lot of heat.

    As the diarist points out, they own a lot of party stores, and while this keeps most of the community employed, other minority communities frequently accuse them of price gouging.  This is likely jealousy, since the Arab-A community has been successful.  

    There is also a fair amount of bad blood between them and the Jewish community of the suburbs, especially in those where both minorities have a sizable presence.  I don't think I need to break down that feud, but if you live there you know it exists.

    •  common anytime there's a merchant class, really (0+ / 0-)

      If the population of an area and the merchant class of an area are from different ethnic groups, it tends to breed resentment towards the wealthier group. See: Jews in pre-WW2 northern Europe; Greeks and Armenians in pre-1920s Turkey; Chinese in Malaysia; etc.

      "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

      by Delirium on Fri May 02, 2008 at 06:04:13 AM PDT

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      •  WTF? (0+ / 0-)

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        "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." ~Mahatma Gandhi

        by Futuristic Dreamer on Fri May 02, 2008 at 06:12:01 AM PDT

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      •  This isn't about merchant classes (1+ / 0-)
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        The Jews in SE MI are mostly not small business owners, they are generally upper middle class, while the Arabs are generally merchants.  I think this is just a continuation of the fight back in the homeland.

        •  I wasn't talking about the Arab-Jewish animosity (0+ / 0-)

          I was talking about this part of your post,

          As the diarist points out, they own a lot of party stores, and while this keeps most of the community employed, other minority communities frequently accuse them of price gouging.  This is likely jealousy, since the Arab-A community has been successful.

          In this context, the Arab-American community is the successful merchant class, and is resented by poorer minority communities.

          "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

          by Delirium on Fri May 02, 2008 at 06:13:12 PM PDT

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    •  Where I live Jews & Arabs get along just fine (1+ / 0-)
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      for the most part.  I live in a predominately Jewish mulitcultural neighborhood; some Muslim Arab-Americans have found similarities between their traditions and ours.  The Kosher deli doesn't serve pork, and other restaurants tell you if things contain it, so Muslims don't have to worry about that here like everywhere else.  Both the Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women keep their hair covered and follow strict modesty rules.  The pool at the Jewish community center has single gender swim, and some Muslims have joined for that reason.

      It's really easy for Muslims and Jews to offend each other because of the bad blood from elsewhere, but when  they both go out of their way to avoid offending each other, they get along fine, and that gives me hope for the Middle East.

      "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." ~Mahatma Gandhi

      by Futuristic Dreamer on Fri May 02, 2008 at 07:17:21 AM PDT

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