Since they hung an American flag next to an Israeli flag two years ago, a Dearborn, Mich., couple says they’ve been harassed, threatened and vandalized to the point where they’d feel safer in Lebanon, according to a report on a Detroit TV station.
Hussein Dakhlallah is originally from Lebanon. His wife Teressa is American-born, though she grew up north of the border in Canada. A Detroit suburb of just under 100,000, Dearborn has the largest percentage of Arab Americans of any U.S. municipality, as well as the largest proportion of Lebanese Americans.
Everything was fine for this couple until they hung the two flags. Then the harassment started.
“They left Nazi signs in our front yard,” Terresa Dakhlallah (pictured) told Detroit’s Channel 4 News. “Two people were standing there, one with a lighter and one with a gas tank, telling us that they were going to burn our home down.”
The latest attack came Friday evening when a group of men in an SUV blasted the Dakhlallah house and car with paintballs.
“In Lebanon when the war is fighting, I feel safe there more than here now,” Hussein Dakhlallah told the TV station. “Over there if they fight, you gotta just run. Here, you never know what’s going to happen.”
Dearborn police say they are now investigating the couple’s harassment and vandalism reports. Cops there have told the couple that they will step up patrols in the area around their home.
Sources: Click ON Detroit, Wikipedia