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Ms. Hussein hasn’t been here as long — her family left Iraq in 1997 — but she’s just as proud to be an American.

She also said that living in heavily Arab Dearborn muffles stereotyping. “I feel happy here,” she said. “I don’t see the problem.”

For others, dislike of bin Laden went beyond his causing Americans to stereotype Muslims, but included his killing Muslims around the world and Americans without regard to their religion.

Thirty-seven of the people killed in the World Trade center attacks on Sept. 11 were Muslims, according to Mr. Allie, as were some of the police officers and firefighters who helped with rescue efforts.

Even in the Middle East, bin Laden slaughtered Arabs and Muslims who disagreed with him or were in his way. He also fomented sectarian strife between Muslims.

“It’s been largely overlooked,” Mr. Allie said, “but probably the largest group of victims have been Muslims.”

“I believe we were victimized by what he did,” Mr. Allie added. “We have suffered twice. Once as Americans, and again because we were unfairly associated with him.”

So, naturally, most American Arabs are surprised when people outside their ethnicity question why they are celebrating bin Laden’s death.

“Muslims, overwhelmingly, are as patriotic as any other Americans,” Mr. Allie said. “We consider this our country.”