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Amer is an Arab-American stand-up comedian. Drawing on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees, he finds the humor in culture, politics, history, and everyday life. Amer has also produced and headlined in 2 of his own comedy tours, "1001 Laughs Comedy Tour" & "We're Not White!" Amer writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on radio and television, including ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher." Amer has performed throughout North America & the Middle East. You can always contact Amer at email@example.com and don't forget to check out his website at http://www.amerzahr.com.
(1 comments) Friday, May 17, 2019 Don't mess with Palestinians
They drop bombs, we drop babies. They have tanks and helicopters, but we have the strongest weapon in the world. Don't push us. Don't challenge us. We end up as multilingual, super-educated, hyper-reproductive, overachieving marvels. That's right. Don't mess with us Palestinians. If you do, we will outwork you, we will outsmart you, and we will, if necessary, outfuck you too.
(2 comments) Wednesday, October 31, 2018 I Said, "Please Don't Be Arab" ... Then I Realized He Couldn't Be
This past weekend, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Robert Bowers calmly walked into the Tree of Life Congregation and murdered 11 Jewish parishioners. Reportedly, he yelled out, "All Jews must die!" It was the single deadliest attack on Jews in American history. May the victims rest in peace and may their souls be exalted.
(1 comments) Sunday, April 8, 2018 Are We Palestinians So Hard To Understand?
We Palestinians are Israel's constant reminder. And this is what Israel hates most. We are being killed precisely because we won't bow down. Our imprisonment, exile, and dispossession are not sufficient for our occupier. It's not enough for Israel that we are its victims. We must shut up too.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 Yes, "Black Panther" Is A Little Anti-Muslim
"Black Panther" is a $200 million Marvel superhero movie, so I don't necessarily expect it to be sophisticated, delicate, or profound in a social or political manner. On the other hand, it will gross over $1 billion, and to demonstrate that a Black movie can do that is wildly important.
(2 comments) Thursday, January 18, 2018 Trump's Immigration Policy Is More American Than You Think
It's quite popular these days to declare that Donald Trump's racist views on immigration are "un-American." He only wants white people coming here. "Why can't we have more people from Norway?" He wants to get rid of Latinos and black people. "Do we really need more Haitians?" He devalues, denigrates, and dehumanizes the culture of Africans. "They come from shithole countries."
(1 comments) Friday, December 8, 2017 Jerusalem Still Speaks Arabic
Jerusalem's been Arab for 1,400 years. Crusader campaigns tried to change her. It didn't work. Israeli colonization, settlement, and profanity have tried to change her. They've failed terribly. Some stuttering speech about an embassy won't succeed either. She's one of us. Don't worry. She can handle this.
(7 comments) Thursday, February 16, 2017 One state in "Palestein"
It's time, and has been for some time, for us Palestinians to get on board with Israel's right-wing and advocate for one state in all of historic Palestine (Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza). I'll be the first to say to #Trumpenyahu, "I'm with you." Let's go for a "Greater Israel." In fact, I have a slogan for it: "Make Israel Great Again."
(12 comments) Thursday, February 9, 2017 Sam Harris, Bill Maher, and their amateur hour on Islam
We can build coalitions against such in-your-face bigotry (one of the positive offshoots of Trump, if I'm looking for any). Countering blatant Islamophobia is necessary. But it is not a brave exercise. The challenge is how to deal with the latent sort, the brand of Islamophobia that cloaks itself in liberalism.
(14 comments) Sunday, November 13, 2016 A letter to my Trump-voting neighbors
You might have voted for him because you're scared. Because you don't have a good job, and because you're worried your kids won't either. Because the government is screwed up and rigged. And you think he's the answer. But when you elected him, you empowered this ugliness. You, intentionally or not, allowed some to think it's now acceptable to openly and proudly make the rest of us feel like we don't belong.
(1 comments) Saturday, July 23, 2016 The Arab American Bernie aftermath
A note to the Clinton campaign. It seems, by your actions, that either you take us for granted ("They won't vote for Trump, right?") or you are completely inattentive and/or disdainful on our matters of interest. I wouldn't be so dismissive if I were you. As we showed Bernie, we will respect politicians after they respect us. Pay attention, Mrs. Clinton. After they respect us. Never before.
(1 comments) Saturday, June 11, 2016 My grandfather's name was Muhammad too
I could talk about Ali's compassion, kindness, and influence. But to me, his defiance is what I remember. It's what I identify with. America is a place that allows us to speak loudly, achieve proudly, and preach avowedly. But it also a place that oftentimes can alienate those of us who sound, look, eat, and celebrate outside of the norm.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Mandela's statue arrived in Palestine, but his legacy hasn't yet
As a Palestinian, I am excited to see Mandela arrive in my homeland. I hope his legacy follows, because it's not there yet. Yes, Israel has been acting like apartheid South Africa for some time. Mr. Mandela, our leadership doesn't deserve to look at you. I apologize that it was Mahmoud Abbas who welcomed you into our beautiful land. We surely had better choices.
Monday, April 18, 2016 Bernie is the real hope and change
With Bernie, we don't have to hope. We don't have to have faith. If you like the things Bernie says, well, you're in luck, because he has been saying them for 50 years. This is perhaps the most important distinction between that 2008 campaign and the campaign of today. Bernie has always been on message, hearing and bearing the political attacks all along the way.
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 29, 2016 A week of being Palestinian
My goal as a Palestinian isn't trying to get you to believe my story. I wish it were that simple. No, instead, it's getting you to believe that I'm worthy of telling a story to begin with. Being Palestinian means possessing the quite exhausting daily task of convincing the world that you are, in fact, a human being. It means having to engage in the absurd discussion of whether or not al-Sharif's murder was justifiable.
(1 comments) Tuesday, February 23, 2016 This Arab is voting for the Jew
While Sanders doesn't explicitly say what we want him to on Palestine, when I look around during his rallies, I see a sea of faces that do. And if they can say "Free Palestine," I can legitimately work to make Bernie say it too. With a strong Arab American voice, I can quite comfortably proclaim that I #FeelTheBern.
(5 comments) Saturday, February 13, 2016 A letter to Beyonce from a Palestinian
Beyonce, are you crazy in love with Israel? Are you crazy in love with a nation that has dispossessed and disenfranchised millions of native Palestinians, illegally settling their land, depriving them of the most basic of political rights, and silencing their narrative? Are you crazy in love with a nation that has ignored more United Nations Security Council resolutions than any other?
(6 comments) Sunday, January 17, 2016 The Republican party's whiteness problem
If the Republicans insist on being the party of white Americans who feel they are "losing their country" (which, of course, is not "theirs" to begin with), they will never win another presidential election in our new America. If it continues to disregard the demographically-remade American electorate of today, the Republican Party will soon be closing up shop.
(3 comments) Saturday, December 26, 2015 Jesus, the radical Palestinian activist
Jesus would find it bizarre that we incarcerate more people than we educate. And after studying our political parties, Jesus would likely be quite confused as to why the Republicans invoke him so much and the Democrats so little. He'd vote for Bernie Sanders, because, lest we forget, two thousand years before Bernie Sanders was a radical Jewish socialist from Vermont, Jesus was a radical Jewish socialist from Palestine.
(1 comments) Saturday, December 12, 2015 What is Trump's secret to success? 2042!
I'm optimistic. First, Americans of all shades (including great white ones) have roundly denounced Trump's xenophobic policies. In fact, as an Arab, I've noticed something particularly groundbreaking. Trump signifies the first time that white Americans have felt compelled to apologize for a crazy person who looks like them. It's truly historic.
Friday, November 27, 2015 Laquan the Palestinian
Black lives in America are Palestinian lives in Israel: discounted and expendable. In America, black lives were brought by force and sold as property. In Israel, Palestinian lives had their property stolen from beneath their feet, being told (still today) that they are somehow "foreign" in their own land.