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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

SALMA ELMEHDAWI, Literary Editor Emerita

All content by SALMA ELMEHDAWI

Student Defends Activist Lifestyle

October 4, 2012
Emmanuel Pardilla, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’14, was one of four people arrested last week for allegedly vandalizing a controversial ad that implies Muslims are “savages.”
Outside the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a Palestinian man protesting the film “Innocence of Muslims” is being arrested by Israeli policemen.  
(Courtesy of Mahfouz Abu Turk/APA Images/Zuma Press/MCT)

“Innocence of Muslims:” Protected Speech or Hate Speech?

September 28, 2012
“Innocence of Muslims,” an anti-Islam video, made a drastic leap from YouTube to the Arab media in recent weeks.
New advertisements in the New York MTA branded with Anti-Muslim hate speech is one of the increasing forms of discrimination against Muslims in recent years. (Sara Azoulay/The Observer)

Hate Speech in Our Subways

September 7, 2012
This past summer, a federal judge overruled the MTA’s ban on Pamela Geller’s advertisement that implies Muslims are “savages.” As a result, these advertisements which carry the slogan, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad,” will be plastered in Metro North stations and on over 300 MTA buses.
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Wife Material

February 24, 2012
I am the white wash her, blending in with the walls.
Salma Elmehdawi/The Observer

Eve’s New Eyes

November 2, 2011
Eve squints her new eyes. The trees, glimmering in their fresh bark suits, want to know her name. The sharpened grass blades

no-poet man

August 25, 2011

When we handed our bodies back to each other: mine, unsure of its new weight, felt like a thank you note. Your hands signatured across my back, like a downpayment on my sorrow.   I...

White Flag for Egypt

August 3, 2011

A stranger feigning patriotism waves a white flag; he is in my body, his front teeth curve into white flag.   Over there is my country, its limbs crooked and warped like a tree’s...

“Miral” Actor Gunned Down: Palestinian-Israeli Peace Activist Silenced by Violence

July 23, 2011

Published: April 20, 2011 “Miral,” a film by Julian Schnabel and Rula Jebreal, has sparked controversy ever since its worldwide debut at the Venice Film Festival. “Miral” has been demonstrated...

The Martian’s Inheritance

July 19, 2011

Published: November 17, 2010   For it, I am a Martian— Rowing a coracle Shaped like a ribcage, wish bones for oars. A goat thief, extracting ovaries For my lover’s child, I give...

War and Suicide

July 10, 2011

Co-winner Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prize Published: April 22, 2010 I. Suicide In desert cities, housewives wear head scarves and rubber slippers. At noon, army tanks parade...

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