Arab International Festival in Dearborn canceled for second straight year

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - For the second year in a row, organizers are canceling the Arab International Festival in Dearborn.

The festival first started in 1995 and is typically held over Father's Day weekend.

Organizers canceled the festival last year because of increased liability insurance costs due to rising tensions between Muslims and a small group of Christian missionaries.

There were tense moments at the festival in 2010, when a missionary group showed up to demonstrate. Some of them were arrested for disturbing the peace. The group sued claiming their Constitutional rights were violated, and the City of Dearborn paid $300,000 to settle the lawsuit.

A Christian missionary group also protested at the festival in 2012 and later claimed police did not do enough to protect them from people attending the festival.

It's unclear when or if the festival will return to Dearborn.

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