Henry Srebrnik's recent commentary on Arab immigrants and the threat they allegedly pose to western civilization is old news (Journal Pioneer, Dec 5, 2016). His purportedly "scholarly" article is cause for considerable concern. The well-known and respected U.S. literary magazine, The New Yorker, nearly two years ago published an original and lengthy article about the situation faced by Arabs in France and other European countries. As reported, there is considerable social unrest in the Paris banlieues (suburbs). There Arab youths face a 40 per cent unemployment rate. Recent summers have seen extensive rioting in Paris with 9,000 cars being torched. This clearly reflects a major social problem, not an ethnic or religious one.