on December 12, 2015
Longtime Kalamazoo-area resident Shadia Kanaan is a community volunteer, an active member of Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War and a founder of the Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Her husband, Dr. Azzam Kanaan, is a respected neurologist who was pioneer in bringing MRI and CT scans to Kalamazoo.
They also are Muslim Arab immigrants feeling besieged at a time when people such as themselves as being equated with terrorism.
“It hurts,” Shadia Kanaan said. “I’m not an outsider. I am a member of this community. This is my country.
“But I’m scared,” she said. “I’m scared for my children and my grandchildren” that they and other Muslims are being shunned and marginalized.
Kanaan also is angry.