The Nimrud lens is a 3000 year old piece of rock crystal, unearthed by Austen Henry Layard at the Assyrian palace of Nimrud. It may have been used as a magnifying glass, or as a burning-glass to start fires by concentrating sunlight. Assyrian craftsmen made intricate engravings, and could have used such a lens in their work. Italian scientist Giovanni Pettinato of the University of Rome has proposed that the lens was used by the ancient Assyrians as part of a telescope.
the actions of a few led to the persecution, discrimination and over all fear of anyone who physically looked Middle Eastern. Americans who were born her in the United States were fired from their jobs, had their families terrorized, and homes vandalized.