Hours after Osama bin Laden's death was announced, the office of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum received a phone call. The person on the line was looking for Aref Assaf, the organization's Columbia University-educated president.

"'Tell your boss that we got his friend and we're going to get him,'" the man said, according to Assaf, who dismissed the threat as kids pulling a prank.

While the call represented a kind of hostility Assaf said many Arabs commonly endure in the United States, he believed bin Laden's death might create an opportunity "to open a new chapter."

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