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Amer Zahr writes about his views and experiences as a Palestinian-American comedian. This book contains passages describing Amer's feelings, many times through comedy, about various happenings affecting Palestinians. As the child of Palestinian refugees, society, politics, and everyday fall victim to comedic ways. The book is a collection of passages from Zahr's blog, "The Amer Zahr writes about his views and experiences as a Palestinian-American comedian. This book contains passages describing Amer's feelings, many times through comedy, about various happenings affecting Palestinians. As the child of Palestinian refugees, society, politics, and everyday fall victim to comedic ways. The book is a collection of passages from Zahr's blog, "The Civil Arab," and is a mixture of diary, biography, political analysis, and prose. Amer holds a BA in History and a MA in Middle East Studies, both from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.


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Amer Zahr writes about his views and experiences as a Palestinian-American comedian. This book contains passages describing Amer's feelings, many times through comedy, about various happenings affecting Palestinians. As the child of Palestinian refugees, society, politics, and everyday fall victim to comedic ways. The book is a collection of passages from Zahr's blog, "The Amer Zahr writes about his views and experiences as a Palestinian-American comedian. This book contains passages describing Amer's feelings, many times through comedy, about various happenings affecting Palestinians. As the child of Palestinian refugees, society, politics, and everyday fall victim to comedic ways. The book is a collection of passages from Zahr's blog, "The Civil Arab," and is a mixture of diary, biography, political analysis, and prose. Amer holds a BA in History and a MA in Middle East Studies, both from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

44 review for Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Ele

    This book was handed to me by my Palestinian friend. He told me that the man reminded him of me. I am not Palestinian (to my knowledge), although some people have told me that I look Arab. I took the book because the cover struck me and it seemed like a pretty quick read. Plus I don't ever remember reading a book by a comedian, so I took the chance and delved into the book. I am glad that I did. Being a Muslim since 25 (Alhamdulillah) I have become familiar with a little bit of the history of my This book was handed to me by my Palestinian friend. He told me that the man reminded him of me. I am not Palestinian (to my knowledge), although some people have told me that I look Arab. I took the book because the cover struck me and it seemed like a pretty quick read. Plus I don't ever remember reading a book by a comedian, so I took the chance and delved into the book. I am glad that I did. Being a Muslim since 25 (Alhamdulillah) I have become familiar with a little bit of the history of my Ummah (nation). The holy land where many of the most revered prophets (Peace Be Upon Them All) have come from holds a certain fascination for me. Yes, we Muslims hold all of the prophets in very high esteem, especially Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them All). Anyways, I digress. I enjoyed this book. It's chapters were short and funny and sometimes tragic, sad, and truthful. Amer Zahr explains that Palestinians are known for crying until they laugh, or laughing until they cry. Amer definitely gets that point across when he lampoons many of the state of Israel's top representatives. Certain parts of the book tell of very inhumane atrocities that have occurred. These parts of the book are very tragic, but Amer manages to keep it all entertaining with a biting wit. Reading this book helped me understand just a little bit more of what it means to be Palestinian. I knew some of the historical facts before, but after reading this book I have been allowed to experience a little bit of the human element behind those facts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aya Abassi

    This is by far one of the greatest books I've read upon the Palestinian issue in a very unexpected way of writing It's politics , life style, self experiences , all rapped in comedy he talks about things no one would talk about , but for it was written in a smart way it becomes easy and ok to talk about . where there is a lot of borders when it comes the Palestinian issue , Amer was smart enough to lay everything out there in a very honest , beautifully written way . For anyone keen to know more a This is by far one of the greatest books I've read upon the Palestinian issue in a very unexpected way of writing It's politics , life style, self experiences , all rapped in comedy he talks about things no one would talk about , but for it was written in a smart way it becomes easy and ok to talk about . where there is a lot of borders when it comes the Palestinian issue , Amer was smart enough to lay everything out there in a very honest , beautifully written way . For anyone keen to know more about how being Palestinian is like , This is a must read for you

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emanuela

    Awesome!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ramsey El-Dabbagh

  5. 4 out of 5

    Saira

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jihad Wadi

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    Suhad Ak

  9. 5 out of 5

    malak

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ayat Musa

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    Nadine

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    Mukarram

  13. 5 out of 5

    Philip

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    Nur Awad

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    Osama W Fatoum

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    Dania

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Lanzel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rami

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    Nour Jouda

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mina

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    Ali

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan Rhodewalt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aya Nashif

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dana Yaish

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sleet Sleet

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Asma Beleulmi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diala Al-Masri

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Einas

  31. 5 out of 5

    DeeNa Kharouf

  32. 4 out of 5

    Kara

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    Brandon Doyle

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    Mohammad Khanfar

  36. 5 out of 5

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    Taysir Taysir

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    Hani

  39. 4 out of 5

    Amani Okasha

  40. 5 out of 5

    Abeer Malayshi

  41. 5 out of 5

    Ala'a

  42. 4 out of 5

    Majdi Anani

  43. 4 out of 5

    Mais

  44. 4 out of 5

    Mais

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