I. In the US Egyptians both Copts and Muslims have panicked.
II. One dropped dead and shop fronts were attacked.
The Egyptian Embassy estimated that only four Egyptian people had been killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York city, however community representatives said there were more than one hundred. There were 350 assaults during the week following the attacks including a rape. The number of business marriages, aimed at allowing people to stay legally in the US, has increased.
The aftermath of what plagued the US has had a noticeable effect on all Egyptians living in the US. Americans have gone through hard times; being shocked and stunned, then enraged and wanting revenge. The horror of the event, the stories told by the families of the victims, the coverage in the media have all helped to agitate the people against Arabs and Muslims.
Nevertheless the visit President Bush made to the great mosque in Washington contributed a lot to easing the situation, besides the steps taken by the Congress to avoid any racial or ethnic confrontations.
Yet there were assaults in different areas. Two girls were so badly beaten that they had to be hospitalized. Others attacked a mosque and wrote things against Islam.
However the attempts to ease the situation have not really been effective, as Arabs and Muslims are subjected to arrest and detention, which might indicate that they are suspects, so their neighbors may think they are terrorists.
It is now quite clear that all politicians will avoid being connected to Arabs and Muslims as this is seen as the politically wise attitude.
Some veiled women have been verbally attacked, and one asked for a fatwa [Religious opinion or decree given by a Mufti or another Muslim scholar based on Islamic law and logical measurement] to allow her to take off her veil, as she feared she might be attacked. Yet a lot of Americans have shown compassion towards their Arab neighbors and colleagues and offered help.
Mohammed Nour, a very famous doctor in New York, said he had not been subjected to any attacks. His clients were still coming to his clinic.
Beman Bedgman [the name is a transliteration from the Arabic], a former teacher at American University in Cairo, said that the Arabs and the Muslims may suffer from some pressures in the future, but they would enjoy their rights and freedoms.
He said that there would not be any enmity against Arabs or Islam in the future as there used to be against communism, as the government did not have anything against Arabs or Muslims. He added that he did not know who attacked the US but said it could be more than one group. Generally he feels secure, however, he felt life would be different for all Americans in the long run.
Meanwhile business marriages have become more necessary for some people, and so they have become more expensive than before. Besides which when the authorities have any doubts about such marriages they start to thoroughly investigate the matter to ensure it is quite legal. They interview every spouse separately and ask about all the details that might prove whether it is a true marriage or just a business one. The current price is $10,000 to $15,000 of which 75 % is paid when the marriage contract is signed.