By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
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These days, Tawfiq Deek is understandably trying to do the exact same thing. He says he feels just as horrified as any other U.S. citizen about the recent terrorist attacks. Like many Palestinian exiles, he worries that such incidents will only make Israel more determined to occupy his homeland.
Worse, for the first time since he moved to the U.S. 13 years ago, Tawfiq says he's worried about his physical safety. His local mosque and an Islamic day school for children were shut down because of threats.
"It is a very bad situation right now with the tragedy in New York," he concluded. "Everywhere you go—on the street and at work—people look at you and blame you."