Many people have changed history, but one man Osama Siblani has done one of the major things Arab-Americans have achieved. He is the publisher of the Arab American News. The Arab-American News publishes 35,000 copies every week. They also write about everything and anything including religion, sports, Metro Detroit aspects, success and failure.
Siblani has received awards from many people from student journalists to big-time editors.Osama Siblani is very well known and respected by many Arab-American’s. He tells the true Arab-American story and stories that are occurring everyday in the middle-east from riots to wars.
Though Siblani is known and respected and is a very talented writer everyone has a starting point. Siblani started out coming to the U.S to study because of war in the middle-east in 1976 also, Siblani’s brother was here.
Siblani was one of thousands of Arabs coming to the Detroit area seeking to work in the auto industries to improve their lives. The Ford rouge plant was the aspect of this but, later the Arab-Americans brought the rest of their families to the Detroit area and later settled in Dearborn.
“September 11, 2001 was the worst thing that has ever happened to the Muslim people,” Siblani stated. Osama Siblani is an Arab-Amercian himself he is Islam and for him he believed “people thought we were bloodthirsty but, we are civil people.”
“Arab-Americans have been discriminated as terrorists before and after 9/11,” Siblani said.
Meeting Siblani was the best thing that has ever happened to Marouf and Nour we discovered so many interesting facts not only about Siblani and 9/11 but, Unis Middle School. Siblani was one of many people who named Unis Middle School after Donald Unis because of his great work and achievements with Siblani.
Osama Siblani has achieved so much and we have had the honor to meet him and let alone interview him it was another experience brought to us junior high journalist from the Asian American Journalist Association.