For many, the pain of 9/11 hasn’t eased

The 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is, of course, being commemorated nationwide, but the events of 2001 have a special poignancy in the neighborhoods near Ground Zero. The many, many articles focused on the anniversary include the recollections of victims and their families and expressions of concern about ethnic stereotyping.

Among them are these:

  • Rabbis, victims’ families, and students are among those who share their reflections of 9/11 and its aftermath with The Jewish Week.
  • For New Yorkers who live or work near the site where the Twin Towers fell, the memories remain too painful, The Downtown Express reports. “Most are not looking forward to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the attack on the Twin Towers. In fact, they will do everything they can to be elsewhere,” the paper’s informal survey found.
  • For victims’ families, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be a day of mourning and remembrance. For some Muslims and Sikhs, in particular, the anniversary will be a solemn reminder of the racial discrimination and hate crimes they have experienced as a result of the attack. Such was the message relayed at “Unheard Voices of 9/11,”a public forum on Aug. 20.
  • Some of that discrimination is encouraged by foundations spreading misinformation and promoting discrimination against Muslims, says the Jewish Daily Forward in an editorial expressing concern that many of those efforts are led by Jews. The editorial names names, and contends that “Combating Islamophobia isn’t just a nice thing to do; it is essential to shoring up our security at home and our image abroad.”

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