NEW YORK With a high concentration of Lebanese-Americans, Detroit and other Michigan cities are experiencing the current conflict in the Middle East as a kind of local issue.

Protests and citizen gatherings have been held throughout the area. Not just Muslim but Christian groups have become involved, as there are many Christians in Lebanon. . .

“The Israeli attacks on Lebanon during the busiest tourism season of the year have lead Muslim groups in and around Dearborn to call press conferences and demonstrations to address the violence in the region and its effects on the local community. ‘Our concern is not only based upon the increasing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the deaths of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians. Our concern also resides with the thousands of American citizens – (with) a large portion of them being Metro Detroit residents – that are in the region on vacation whose lives are in jeopardy as we speak,’ said Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR), at a Friday press conference in Dearborn Heights….


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