An Arab-American man received a credit card offer addressed to "Palestinian Bomber." The unsolicited offer came from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the number two bank in the United States, and arrived at the mailbox of Sami Habbas, a 54-year-old Arab-American from Corona, California. "Palestinian Bomber" was used "in both the address field and salutation, as well as on the envelope."
To its credit, J.P. Morgan Chase apologized and blamed the gaffe "on a list it purchased from an unidentified vendor." Spokesman David Chamberlin conducted damage control:
Although no Chase employee was involved in creating this information, we are embarrassed by this incident and regret that our automatic screening procedures did not catch this erroneous information.
As a company that is fully dedicated to respecting our card members, prospective customers and employees, we offer our sincere apologies to anyone who might have been offended by this matter.
Habbas, who "has lived in the United States for 51 years and served in the U.S. Army," said of the incident:
this is indicative of the growing rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment in this country, where everyday peaceful and law-abiding citizens are being harassed based solely on their ethnicity or their religion.
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