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Dear Sir,

It really kills me how this whole Berber-Arab dialogue got out of hand.
Mr. Zawari is as selective with his facts as those who reply to him. He mentions Abdulla Laroui. Not only did I read his books, I taught at the college level. Mr. Laroui contends that the origin of us North Africans is the Middle East. Specifically, he concludes that the migrations took on two routes: First through Africa which explains the dark skin among some of us; the second is though Europe, which explains the lighter side of us. More to the point, his view is that all of us are Semitic. After the Islamic colonizations of the area, which took over 400 years, the majority of us became Arabized. A minority stuck to the old ways and insisted on their North Africanisim (Berber). The point should be mute for there are no pure Arabs in North Africa, nor there are pure Berbers. Only a fraction of those calling themselves Arabs or Berbers are truly what they claim. We all speak Arabic, practice Islam, and go about our daily life and mode of thought in a similar, if not identical way.

People everywhere are trying to unite, instead we are arguing about how to divide. Arabs have a great history, and so are the North Africans before they got Arabized or Arabized themselves through the Islamization process. I hope you can find a better subject.

Usama Endar

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