Arab, not Muslim. Know the difference.

Alice Saidawi,
San Francisco, CA.

Often times when I tell people I am Arab or Palestinian, they often immediately assume that I am Muslim as well; there is a huge differentiation. I’ve encountered many experiences where the person I was talking to seriously did not understand the difference. I’ve had to clarify this difference to numerous people who had this idea that the two were synonyms of each other but they are not the same; Palestine is a country and Islam is a religion. People often confuse the two because they assume that all Middle Eastern countries practice Islam but this is not true.

 

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