A New Jersey game called “Wack the Iraq,”
where players fire paintballs at people dressed as Arabs, has drawn ire
from Arab groups after the city failed to convince the operator to change
its name this summer.
The City of Wildwood, a seaside resort in southern New Jersey popular with
summer vacationers, said the game would continue to operate until the end
of this summer holiday season, but would change its name when it returns
next year, according to Fred Wager, commissioner of public affairs and
public safety for Wildwood.
“We didn’t like it because we were getting a lot of complaints about it,”
Wager said in an interview”¦
Arab groups have voiced outrage at the name and the notion of killing
Iraqis for fun, and had asked that the city shut the game down immediately.
Instead, a compromise was reached to change the game’s name for next summer.
The game targets teenagers, said Aref Assaf, President of the New Jersey
chapter of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “(The game) tells
them to kill Arabs and that it is legal, and you can have fun doing it,” he