Sorry We Have No Space
Connor Court Publishing, $29.95
Joseph Wakim is a Lebanese Christian who worked for the Arabic-speaking community as a social worker, founding the Australian Arabic Council and Australia's first Arab Festival. An advocate for respect towards all cultures, he is a holder of an Order of Australia Medal, having been nominated for the honour by leaders of three faiths - Jewish, Christian and Muslim. With his gift for words as his weapon, Wakim found himself a spokesman for the Arab community and an independent newspaper columnist. A passionately loyal Australian, he pointed out that Arab Australians were being "terrorised, not terrorists", and that "words like Iraqis, Arabs and Muslims cannot be used interchangeably". An inspirational polemic against prejudice and stereotyping.