The Iraqi community of Charlottesville and UVa demands a formal public apology from Zeta Psi Fraternity for organizing the offensive party titled "Bombs Over Baghdad."
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As you know, the political situation in Iraq has been especially tumultuous recently. People have lost family, friends, and loved ones, and are still suffering through war.
Zeta Psi fraternity held a party called "Bombs over Baghdad." Many in the Arab community see this as an insult to the memory of those families who were affected by recent wars in Iraq. As part of the UVA community, we expect support and empathy during this tough and unfortunate, ongoing situation. WUVA held an interview with an Iraqi student regarding this topic. The article asked Zeta Psi to apologize, but no official apology has been made.
Also, the University of Texas's Zeta Psi fraternity held a "Bombs Over Baghdad" party just recently. Flyers for the party distributed on campus showed photographs of a crying child spattered in blood, a man clutching a child's lifeless body and a mutilated dead man. The caption read, "Come party, and celebrate what we stand for."
The UVA community must reject this unsavory and insensitive behavior if it purports to stand for justice and humanity. This conduct dehumanizes the victims in Iraq by trivializing their deaths.
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