U 2 Palestinians Have a Dream

Irish rock band U2’s main vocalist Bono reminded Americans that Palestinians too have a dream during his “In the Name of Love” song tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at President-Elect Barack Obama’s Sunday Inaugural Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial. “This is not just an American dream,” Bono said. "Also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream … an Israeli dream ... (delayed response) and also a Palestinian dream." (See minute 3:40) The crowd then cheered. The camera later then panned to President-Elect Obama who some on Twitter thought donned a not-so pleasant facial expression in response. But, that might seem farfetched since President-Elect Obama seemed to be listening to the song. Bono’s statement was seen by some as the only contentious-seeming statement during the star-studded celebration. Why though? What are your thoughts?

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About Rima Abdelkader

Rima Abdelkader is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She previously worked as a print journalist at the United Nations covering the U.N. and international affairs. Prior to working at the U.N., Rima interned for NBC, CNN's Diplomatic License with host Richard Roth and with MediaGlobal at the United Nations. Rima is an active member of the student affairs committee of the New York Women in Communications and a student liaison officer of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association. She received her B.B.A. in Marketing with a specialization in Management and Political Science at Pace University magna cum laude and gave the commencement address at her graduation. In her last year at Pace, she spent her spring break in the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans assisting with the rebuilding effort and gave a report back on the WB11 Morning News in NY. She can be reached at rima.abdelkader@gmail.com.

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