Manal El-Hrisse prays in the basement of the Mosque Foundation in southwest suburban Bridgeview. within hours of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, El-Hrisse said, a woman shouted at her, "I wish I had a gun.
Although often portrayed as a new and foreign element, Arabs have been a part of Chicago since the first large wave of Arab immigration to the United States occurred between 1899 and 1921, according to Louise Cainkar, a fellow with the University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Cities Institute.
Around 6 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 5, Salim Yusef was jolted awake to pounding at the front door. "I heard voices saying, –˜Come on, open up!'" said Yusef, a 22-year-old permanent U.S. resident of Palestinian origin.