Middle-Eastern Immigrants Make Good

Positive role models (that are integrated into American society) are beneficial from many standpoints. It gives the ethnic group someone to look up to and it reinforces the American way of life. I’ve not heard of Oday Aboushi before today, but he has an interesting story:

New York Jets' Oday Aboushi
New York Jets’ Oday Aboushi

As a Palestinian-American, the Jets’ offensive lineman is a rarity in the NFL. Oday Aboushi, drafted in the fifth round out after a standout career at the University of Virginia, is one of just a handful of players with that ethnic background.

”People weren’t just talking about me being a New York Jet, but being one of the first Arab-Americans, a Palestinian-American, to be drafted. It’s settling in now. It’s a different feeling, one that I’m embracing and really loving.”

As are Palestinian-Americans around the country. The short list of NFL players with Palestinian backgrounds includes former linebacker Tarek Saleh; former quarterback Gibran Hamdan, who is half Palestinian and half Pakistani; and former defensive lineman Nader Abdallah.

In news from the Middle East, Waleed Hammad dressed as a woman to experience the catcalls and harassment Egyptian women have to live through on a daily basis. The program Waleed appeared on is called Awel el Kheit or the Thread and it is hosted by Lena el-Ghadban. (Curiously Lena’s last name translates as the Angry One. No joke.)

5 thoughts on “Middle-Eastern Immigrants Make Good”

  1. I contend, Navy One, we have a continuing problem with hyphenated Americans….how about we just be Americans instead of slicing and dicing who and what we are further separating and dividing us as human beings….this is why this characterization further alienates us into groups allowing for victimization….this is not the avenue we should traveling …k

    1. I wanted to encourage what I consider some positive moves in the right direction. Some might say integration is impossible with hyphenation, we shall see. . .

  2. I think the better strategy is to insist EVERYONE be identified by a long string of ethnic qualifiers (i.e. Austria-Irish-Italian-Ashkenazi-Welsh-American etc.) Instead of allowing a privileged and “vibrant” few to claim the mantle of diversity, we should all embrace our own diversitude. After a while, cultural laziness will take over, and we’ll all stop the hyphenation nonsense. Consider it a sort of Cloward-Piven strategy of anti-hyphenation.

  3. Strange how we use the term the opposite way around i.e. British-Pakistani’s, and yet those born here entitled to a British passport call themselves ‘Pakistani-English’ (that is for those born and residing in England).

    I have yet to hear of a child born here through Pakistani descent whose family declines the passport?

    Casual observation with no intended malice…


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