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Meet Osama Siblani: Founder of Dearborn's Arab American News says Muslims are often harassed in U.S.

Posted: 2:25 PM, Sep 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-23 11:04:46Z

Osama Siblani came to America from Lebanon with only $185 to his name.

"My parents sold everything to buy me a one-way ticket to come to the United States," he says about his journey to a new life in 1976.

He went on to found the Arab American News, the nation's largest Arab American publication in 1984.

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Siblani says his success,"shows how great this country is," but he also has faced harassment because of his background and religion.

"We are rejected all the time, we are being harassed all the time," Siblani says. "We are being asked all the time to prove that we are patriotic."

On September 11, 2001, Osama Siblani was approached by three people in a car who questioned his patriotism. Police arrived and found knives in their possession, he says.

"They were going to hurt me," he says.

Despite having his patriotism questioned, Siblani wants people to know one thing: "Muslim Americans are Americans. They are in the Army. They are in the FBI. They are in the CIA."

"They are fighting and dying for this country. They love this country."

 

 

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