Simona Shapiro


Fear of Informants Leaves Arab Americans Reluctant To Speak Out

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Covering the Arab-American community here in the Windy City is not easy. People hide from reporters. They don’t want their names to appear in print. They seem irrationally mistrustful and refuse to speak on the record for any number of reasons: one “because I have a sister in Ramallah,” another because he didn’t want toRead More


Pro-Israel Groups Focus on Christians Under P.A. Rule

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — With the Palestinian Authority retaking control of Bethlehem earlier this month, several pro-Israel organizations are hoping to focus greater attention on the plight of Christians living in the territories.Several groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress and National Christian Leadership Conference forRead More


Liberal Protestant Churches Rebuff Pro-Israel Speakers

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Liberal Protestant churches are coming under renewed fire from Israelis and their American allies who accuse the churches of unwillingness to hear Israel’s side in the Middle East debate.The newest unrest began to emerge after the start of the intifada, as Jewish observers noticed that the five prominent Protestant denominations wereRead More


Iraq War Pushes Little-Known Assyrians to Fore

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Waving American flags, more than 400 people gathered last Sunday in Chicago’s Warren Park, carrying signs that read “God Bless America.” At first glance, the scene was unremarkable in this time of rallies for and against the war. But there was something unusual about this crowd. Their Middle Eastern looks. The hand-lettered signsRead More






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