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Egyptian American responds to attacks on embassies

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(09/12/12) - Arab-Americans are taking a strong stance against the attacks on the embassies in Libya and Egypt.

Dr. Gayar is an Egyptian American living and working in Genesee County. His position on Tuesday's attacks is clear. "It hurts, it's horrible, not religion, no group, no peaceful mind would accept such an act, any place on earth that it should happen and we should work together to stop it."

Shortly after protestors tore down the U.S. flag at the consulate in Cairo, Libyan militants stormed the American embassy, killing the U.S. ambassador and three other American officials. The attacks are in response to the release of a movie depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud and womanizer.

"People can produce whatever they want, just because a film is produced in the U.S. The U.S. has actually been supportive of the Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and I don't think this is the majority of people in those countries."

Dr. Gayar says the actions taken in Egypt and Libya do not reflect what Arab Americans believes and that this kind of violence can be prevented through tolerance and understanding.

"Please do not take extremists overseas, and a few groups that are basically crazy, do not take it that is represents the views of middle eastern people living here."

Dr. Gayar hopes those responsible for the attacks are punished and that the U.S. can work with middle eastern countries to prevent this from happening again.

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