A View From Middle America
Thursday, April 17, 2003; 2:07 PM

A 15-minute drive southwest of the Motor City, you enter Dearborn, a social and economic center for one of the largest Arab American and Iraqi communities outside the Middle East.

This community of 400,000 Arab Americans, including roughly 120,000 Iraqi Christians and 20,000 Shiite Muslims, is a tight-knit one, bound by religion, family, food, language, a common heritage. They overwhelmingly supported George Bush in the 2000 presidential election. But except for a small minority of Iraqi Shiites, this community of immigrants from 22 Arab countries has turned its back on the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
(Run time 8:15)

Interviews with:
Imad Hamad, Michigan Director, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Massoud Sunnia, Iraqi Christian (Chaldean)
Majed Al-Zayadi, Iraqi Shiite Muslim
Osama Siblani, Editor, Arab American News
Baker Al-Baaj, former Shiite rebel
Vanessa Denha, Iraqi Christian (Chaldean)

Part II: Reconstructing Arab American Relations

Music courtesy: John Poole / busybox.org



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