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Monday, February 25, 2013
More ‘Palestinians’ live in Chicagoland than any other American metropolis
creeping If so, there are likely more Hamas and Hamas-linked Muslims in Chicagoland too. Little Beitunia – Orland Park, Illinois’ ‘Palestinian’ diaspora.
Chicagoans are fond of saying that there
are more Poles here than anywhere outside of Poland. But ask about
Palestinians and you may get a blank stare. As it turns out, there are
likely more Palestinian immigrants living in the Chicagoland area than
anywhere else in the U.S.
The nexus of Arab American life in the
Chicago region is the city’s Southwest suburbs. Bridgeview, the oldest
and most established of the area’s Muslim community, is seen as the hub,
but the community also extends to neighboring towns like Oak Lawn and
When listeners learned that reporter
Michael Puente and I planned to visit Orland Park this week, they asked
us to look into the town’s diverse population. “I work out in Orland and
I’d be interested to hear you address the large Arabic populations
here,” listener Eric Olsen told us. “Where are they from?”
“There are 23,000 people living here from Beitunia,” he told us, much to our surprise. “And only 2,000 back in Beitunia.”
The truth is more complicated, but
surprising nonetheless. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of
Statistics, there were closer to 20,000 people living in Beitunia as of
2007. But sociologist Louise Cainkar, a professor at Marquette University and an expert on Arab immigration, backs up the underlying thrust of Hassan’s claim.
“Historically Beitunia was the largest feeder village [of Palestinian immigrants] to Chicago,” she said.
Cainkar has spent time in Beitunia and has seen the results of this relationship.
“[The village]used to be characterized by agriculture, but is now quite built up,” she said.
Cainkar says the investment from money made in the U.S. and sent back to the village in the form of remittances is visible.
Cainkar estimates that as many as a
quarter of all Palestinians living in the U.S. live in the counties
surrounding Chicago — more than live any other American city. And,
Palestinians make up the single largest Arab ethnic group in the Chicago
region, according to Cainkar — as much as 40 percent of the area’s
total Arab population.
Cainkar said the biggest wave of
Palestinian immigration to the U.S. came in the 1980s and ‘90s. Many who
came were not immigrants but students, Cainkar said, earning advanced
degrees.Many of those same students-turned-engineers, say, went on to
live in Persian Gulf states, drawn by the promise of good paying jobs
funded with oil boom money. But 350,000 Palestinians were expelled from
Kuwait and other Gulf states in 1990 after the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO) refused to back foreign intervention as a solution to
Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait. Cainkar said that for many of these
Palestinians, “this meant their only other option for survival was the
“Overall Arab income in the U.S. is higher
than the median income of the U.S. as a whole,” Cainkar said. “Usually
groups that face discrimination don’t do well in this country, but
they’re an exception to this pattern.”