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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
September 1, 2002
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00009

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Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
September 1, 2002
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00009

Table of Contents
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        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Florida's Gold Coast
        page 6
    Florida Gulf Coast/Florida Gold Coast
        page 7
    Florida
        page 8
        page 9
    Georgia
        page 10
    Atlanta, GA
        page 11
    Charleston, SC/Charlotte, NC
        page 12
    North Carolina/South Carolina
        page 13
    Virginia
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    Virginia/Maryland
        page 15
    Alabama
        page 16
    Nashville/Memphis, TN
        page 17
    Louisiana/Mississippi/Tennessee
        page 18
    Texas
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    San Antonio, TX
        page 21
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 22
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    Southern California
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    California
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    Recommended Businesses
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Birthplace: Pelham,
GA
St. Jude Events: Joe
began as a volunteer and
spent time assisting
Danny Thomas with fund
raising. Danny Thomas
came to him and asked
him if he would raise
funds in Albany, Pelham,
Sylvester, GA.
Each December at St.
Jude, Farris plays the role


of Santa
Claus with
members
of the
ALSAAC
teenage
chapter as
Joe Farris elves. He
also visits in
July bringing anywhere
from 2,000 to 3,000 gifts
to pass out to patients
(continued on page 6)


Marlo
Thomas,
Celebrity
Friends Share
First-Person
Accounts of
Life's
Struggles,
Accomplish-
ments in Book


Local New York Officials Brief Benefiting St.
Arab Americans on Civic Jude
Activism J 1(IR i
Brooklyn, N,Y, More. members the opportunity J ORDS
than 100 Arab Americans to ask questions and B RIGIIt
gathered to attend a civic discuss their concerns TIM
education workshop with local, state, and A I
sponsored by the Arab federal officials. Officials ,/l A
American Institute discussed Arab IiION]AS
Foundation at Adelphi Americans' right to basic .1d It-I ElI)S
Academy Wednesday, civil liberties and their In "The Right Words
July 31 in Bar Ridge, opportunity to affect at the Right Time,"
Brooklyn. political outcomes. award-winning actress
The meeting, second in "The Arab American and best-selling author
a national series of civic community can play an Marlo Thomas is joined
education programs,
offered community (continued on page 6) (continued on page 6)

North
Al Jazeera Kicks Up a Carolina
Sandstorm Official Says

Islam Is
"Evil"
Washington, DC -
8/8/02 A national
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today
demanded an apology
from an elected official
in North Carolina who
From the sun- is becoming a said university students
drenched Bedouin tents household word, not inthatstate should not be
in the Libyan Desert to least among the required to read a book
the technology-wired Houston-based energy about the Quran, Islam's
homes of the American giants whose lifeblood revealed text, because
affluent, the upstart Islan is "evil." The
(aftlr-entd TV Ctptian (continued on page 8) (continued on page 9)


Egypt: Syrian
Goes Free
After Agents
Seize Lizards
CAIRO Egyptian
customs agents seized
7,000 dried lizards from
a Syrian passenger
yesterday, airport
officials said.
Ahmed Mahmoud
Salem, who was about to
board a plane to the
Jordanian capital,
Amman, said he was
(continued on page 10)

Islamic
Bathing S4its
Make Splash
in Turkey


Franklin Graham Smears
Islam Again


WASHINGTON, D.C.
- 8/6/02 A prominent
American Muslim civil
rights and advocacy
group is again calling on
mainstream political and
religious leaders to speak
out against the growing
number of extremist
right-wing and
evangelical commentators
who seek to demonize
Islam and Muslims.
That call from the
Washington-based


Council on American-
Islamic Relations (CAIR)
came after another attack
on Islam by Christian
evangelist Franklin
Graham. In two media
appearances yesterday,
Graham said terrorism is
part of "mainstream"
Islam and claimed the
Quran, Islam's revealed
text, "preaches violence."
On Fox News cable

(continued on page 6)


Poll: Majority of U.S. Muslims
Suffered Post-9/11 Bias


. Washington, DC -
8/21/2001 According to
results of a poll released
today by a national
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group, a
majority (57 percent) of
American .Muslims say
they experienced bias or
discrimination since the


9/11 terrorism, attacks and
almost all respondents (87
percent) said they knew
of a fellow Muslim who
ex perienc ed
discrimination.
But that same poll of
945 individuals,
conducted by the
(continued on page 7)


Agent Admits Writing Anti-
Muslim Graffiti


ISTANBUL,
TURKEY Hafize
Erdogan, a devout
Muslim, proudly sports
her new blue swimsuit -
a full-body outfit that
covers her arms down to
her wrists, her legs to her
ankles and even much of
her head.
The 30-year-old
mother of two said she
bought the suit so she
could swim with her
family which also
observing religious rules
about modesty.
"I used to have to
stand by the water and
(continued on page 7)


WASHINGTON, D.C.,
7/25/2002
The Council on
American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today
applauded the Justice
Department's swift action
against a Secret Service
agent who acknowledged
responsibility for anti-
Muslim graffiti found
scrawled in the home of a
Dearborn, Mich., terror
suspect.
Relatives of the
Jordanian-American man
arrested last week while
allegedly. carrying
counterfeit checks told
the Washington-based
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group they


found the words "Islam is
Evil" and "Christ is King"
written on a Muslim
prayer calendar attached

(continued on page 9)


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Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR September 2002


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IviaCKOUl


Batehs
Nuha J. and Jamil C.
Bateh celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary
- yesterday with a
reception at the Adam's
Mark Hotel. They will
also celebrate with a trip
to Charleston, S.C., and
Asheville, N.C. They
were married Aug. 17,
1952 in Jacksonville. She
is the former Nuha J.
Batteh.
Their children are


Edwards Vincent
Mackoul, 72, went home
to God July 23, 2002, at
Memorial. Hospital, in
Jacksonville, following a
lengthy illness.
Edward was born in
Jacksonville in 1910, son
of Abraham A. and Lorice
Tubel Mackoul. Abraham
established A, Mackoul
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A vigil service for Dr.
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"He was a great teacher
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said.
Dr. David, in addition
to his private practice in
San Marco from 1947 to
1988, was a clinical
professor of pediatrics at
UF until last month. In
the early 1950's, when he
began the Sunday
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residents dubbed it
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according to one of his
sons, Richard David, a.
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received his
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[i Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR September 2002


From the Book of
Hebrews:
Wherefore, holy
brethren, partakers of
the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and
High Priest of our
profession, Christ Jesus;
Who was faithful to him
that appointed him, as
also Moses was faithful
in all his house.
But Christ as a son
over his own house;
whose house are we, if
we hold fast the
confidence and the
rejoicing of the hope
firm unto the end.
Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of
you an evil heart of
unbelief, in departing
from the living God.
But exhort one another
daily, while it is called
To day; lest any of you
be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin. For
we are made partakers
of Christ, if we hold .the
beginning of our
confidence steadfast


7'


iKev. rrea massaomn
unto the end; While it is
said, To day if ye will
hear his voice, harden
not your hearts, as in the
provocation.
Let us therefore fear,
lest, a promise being
left us of entering into
his rest, any of you
should seem to come
short of it.
For if Jesus had given
them rest, then would he
not afterward have
spoken of another day.
There remaineth
therefore a rest to the
people of God. For he
that is entered into his
rest, he also hath ceased
(continued on page 11)


Recognizing the
ancient truth and the new
need, Vatican II issued
an official decree on the
apostolate of the laity.
For the first time in the
history of the Church a
conciliar document
expounded the concept
that the lay person is
indispensable to the
mission of the Church,
that to be a real Christian
is to be an apostle.
The Vatican II Decree
on the Laity advances as
the perfect example of
the spiritual and
apostolic life the Virgin
Mary, Queen of
Apostles. "While leading
on earth a life common
to all, one filled with
family concerns and
labors, she was always
intimately united with
her Son and cooperated
in the work of the Savior
in a manner altogether
special. Now that she has
been taken up into


By Brother John
Samaha, S.M.
heaven, with her
maternal charity she
cares for the brothers
and sisters of her Son"
(n. 4).
Consequently, it is
appropriate that the
model for the laity and
the patron of the lay
apostolate be one who
will lead others to laity,
who in turn will lead
them to Christ. She is the
perfect example of life
on earth united in Christ
and in turn his work
To choose Juan Diego
(continued on page 11)


Saint Juan Diego
Paradigm for Lay Apostles


Arabic word 'Hudna' or
'Haun' is translated to its
equivalent word in
English as "Meekness."
The Arabic word
Hudna or Haun means "to
refrain from inflicting any
harm or pain on any one
bodily or otherwise
knowingly or
unknowingly." Thus to
"live in peace".
Meekness then is a
moral condition adopted
deliberately.
A Muslim's life is then
"peaceful;" peaceful
within peaceful all-
around. Thus, a muslim
man or woman helps to
establish peace on earth.
Holy Quran is a
Guiding Light with
instructions to remain
peaceful in one's life.
Recapitulation of the
injunctions are cited here.
"Live peacefully with
one another and promote
accord between
yourselves." (8:2)
"There is much good
in agreement and to live


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in peace." (4:129)
"If the other side
inclines towards peace
then you do also." (8:62)
"Righteous servants of
Allah the Merciful are
those who walk meekly
on earth." (25:64)
People gifted with
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one's. wishes. The
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Page 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR September 2002


Plan to Attack Florida
Mosques Linked to Anti-
Muslin Rhetoric


(WASHINGTON,
D.C., 8/23/02) -- The
Council on American-
Islamic Relations (CAIR),
a Washington-based
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group, tonight
said the arrest of a
Seminole, Fla., man who
apparently planned


terrorist attacks on
mosques in that state may
be linked to the rising tide
of anti-Muslim rhetoric
by right-wing
commentators and
religious It leaders
Robert J. G oldstein,
37, was arrested last night
(continued on page 12)


U.S. President Bush
has warned the
Palestinians: get rid of
Arafat or peace talks will
suffer. The question of
who might replace Arafat
is always a talking point,
Mariam Shahin looks at
some of the options.
In his early 40s,


Marwan Barghouti's
politics are deeply
entrenched in the- centre
right wing Fatah party, the
biggest Palestinian
political party. As leader
of rank and file activists
and fighters, he has
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Invite them to visit your
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(continued on page 21)


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on May 12. Not only did
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from "The Right Words at
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national audience.
Terre has devoted
much of her time recently
to helping the new
ALSAC Los Angeles
chapter get off the
ground. About 35 active
chapter members,
including Terre's children,
Dionne Kirschner and
Jason Thomas Gordon,
and Tony's daughters,
Christina, Tracey and
Kate Thomas, hosted the
inaugural "Runway for
Life" on May 11 at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel. The
Hollywood fashion show
featured a number of
celebrities including
supermodels, actors and
actresses in the role we
like to see them in best -
as St. Jude supporters.
The show was a big hit,
attracting a large audience
and raising $363,000 for
the hospital. Terre and the
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observations to be made
following the defeat of
Congress Member
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Volunteer Spotlight
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during both visits. Farms
has been making two trips
a year since St. Jude
opened in 1962.
Farris and the Georgia
teen chapter hace raised
more than $2 million
dollars for research with
various fund-raisers.


Graham
(continued from page 1)
network's "Hannity &
Colmes" program,
Graham, after repeatedly
refusing to deny that
Islam is "evil," said: "I
think it's [terrorism] more
mainstream. And it's not
just a handful of
extremists. If you buy the


Civic Activism
(continued from page 1)
even greater role in the
American civic and
political process. This
event also set the stage or
engaging the federal,
state, and local candidates
running for office in 2002
on issues of concern to the


Hilliard earlier this
summer provide a great
deal for Arab Americans
to think about.
Most importantly, Arab
Americans should not feel
ashamed of their efforts in
these two elections. The
community did what they
had to they performed


Why Joe supports St.
Jude: Farris has been
quoted as saying "I am
happy as long as I help
the sick kids at St. Jude. I
give credit to my late
parents Rosa and Joseph
Farris, for teaching me to
love others."
Joe's favorite St. Jude
(continued on page 25)


Koran, read it for
yourself, and it's in there.
The violence that it
preaches is there."
Hannity responded by
saying: "But this then
raises a question. If this is
not, reverend, the
extremist fanatical
interpretation of the
Quran, then we do have a
big problem." Graham


Arab American
community," said AAI
National Field
Coordinator Abdallah Al-
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the past and we did.
Despite the fact that very
few Arab Americans live
in either congressional
district, hundreds of
thousands of dollars were


Thomas
(continued from page 1)
by such luminaries as
Walter Cronkite, Sarah
Jessica Parker, Cal
Ripken, Jr., Steven
Spielberg, Venus
Williams, Rudy Giuliani,
Jack Nicholson, Paul
McCartney, Jennifer


replied: "Big problem."
Earlier in the day,
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syndicated radio program
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remarks and claimed that
Muslim leaders have
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right words at the right
time.
These firsrt-person
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(continued on page 25)


condemned the 9/11
attacks and other acts of
terrorism. When a Muslim
caller tried to offer a
balancing view, Hannity
cut his microphone. When
otler callers openly stated
that "Islam is evil,"
neither Graham nor
Hannity challenged those
bigoted views.


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its viewers are from the
Middle East, 39% from
North America and
Europe and the rest
from Asia. Equally
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male and 29% female
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these failing into the
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35 years age group.
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FLORIDA


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Washington-based
Council on American-
Islamic Relations (CAIR)
also called on President
Bush to speak out against
the rising level of anti-
Muslim rhetoric in
America.
State Representative
Sam Ellis (R) told
WUNC-FM radio: "I
don't want the students in
the university system
required to study this evil.
If they wish to pursue it
on their own or if they
wish to pursue it as an
elective that's fine,. But I
don't think it is something
our university system


Agent
(continued from page 1)
to the man's refrigerator
following a search by the
Secret Service and the
FBI. On Monday, CAIR


should be encouraging."
(9/7/02)
Michel Sells, the
author of the. book Ellis
attacked, wrote today in
the Washington Post:
"The University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill, is
being sued for assigning
my book, "Approaching
the Qu'ran: The Early
Revelations," as required
reading for first-year
students. The paintiffs
- charge that UNC
indoctrinated students
with deceptive claims
about the peaceful nature
of Islam, violating the
separation of church and
state. In fact, the book
makes no general claims


wrote a letter to Attorney
General John Ashcroft
asking him to investigate
the incident.
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http://washingtonpost.co
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2002Aug7.html
"The level of anti-
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leaders, and now elected
officials, is getting out of
hand and is poisoning the
minds of many ordinary
Americans. Only a strong
statement from President
Bush will put these people
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be accepted in our
society," said CAIR
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action in both
investigating this incident
and in dealing with the
agent involved," said
CAIR Communications
Coordinator Hodan
Hassan. "We hope this
sends a signal to the-a
enforcement community
that such bigoted behavior
will not be tolerated," said
Hassan. She added that
this incident highlights
the needs for religious


Ahmed.
Earlier this week,
CAIR made a similar call
after Christian evangelist
Franklin Graham said
terrorism is part of
"mainstream" Islam and
claimed the Quran,
Islam's revealed text,
"preaches violence."
SEE: "Graham Speaks
Out on Islam," The
Washington Times,
http://www.washington
times.com/national/20020
808-1367463.htm
Representative J. Sam
Ellis (Rep) Home PAge,
http://www.noga.state.
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house/representative.pl?n
UserID=38


sensitivity training for
agents involved in
working with the
American Muslim and
Arab-American
communities.
Jeffrey,, Collins, U.S.
Attorney -or the Eastern
District of Michigan told
the Associated Press:
"This unprofessional
conduct by a single agent
is a gross aberration and a
(continued on page 15)


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David
(continued from page 2)
undergraduate and
medical degrees from
Duke University.
He served in the Navy
Medical Corps in the
Pacific during World War
II before returning home
and opening his practice.
In addition to teaching, he
continued his solo
practice until 1988.
Dr. David established
the first sickle cell anemia
clinic in Jacksonville in
the early 1950's.
His first wife, Ethel,
died in 1970.
In addition to his son,
Richard, he is survived by
his other son, Clifford
David of
Jacksonville; a pediatric
inpatient specialist at
Nemour's Children's
Clinic in Jacksonville;


Ministry of Jesus
,(continued from.page 3)
from his own works, as
God did from his. Let us
labour therefore to enter
into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same
example of unbelief. For
the word of God is
quick, and powerful,
and sharper than any
two-edged sword,
piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul
and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of
the heart. Neither is
there any creature that is


and his daughter, Barbara
David Wright, a professor
of music history and
professional organist in
Charleston, W.Va.; his
wife of 30 years, Mary;
two brothers, Raymond
A. David of Jacksonville
and Noble J. David of
Miami; three sisters,
Beatrice David of Tampa,
Gladys David Howell of
Greenville, N.C., and
Lucille David of
Nashville, Tenn.; and nine
grandchildren.
Memorials may be
made to Dr. David's
Church, St. Paul's
Episcopal Church. 5536
Atlantic Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32207 or
to St. John's Cathedral,
256 E. Church St.
Jacksonville, FL 32203.
He was a member of the
Salaam Club.


not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked
and opened unto the
eyes of him with whom
we have to do.
So also Christ
glorified not himself to
be made an high priest;
but he that said unto
him, Thou art my Son,
to day have I begotten
thee. As he saith also in
another place, Thou art
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Saint Juan Diego
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Mosques
(continued from page 4)
after authorities found a
stash of explosives and
weapons, including .50-
caliber machine guns and
sniper rifles in his home.
The more than 30
explosive devices
included hand grenades
and a 5 gallon gasoline
bomb with an attached
timer. Police also
discovered a list of some
50 Florida mosques and
detailed plans for
destroying an Islamic
education center using
bombs.
"The American public


Meekness
(continued from page 3)
Quarrels should not be
picked up on trifling
matters. (25:73 ) If on the
other hand the opponent
does inflict bodily or
otherwise substantial
harm to the person then
the moral condition of
meekness does not come
into effect and fades
away. The opponent, then
should be checked not
to be capable of inflicting
further injury to the
person exhibiting


Pilot
(continued from page 3)
genuine commentary
and not just an Internet
hoax., it is a truly
disturbing revelation of
bigotry on the part of


is being subjected to a
daily barrage of right-
wing anti-Muslim rhetoric
that is largely
unchallenged by
mainstream religious and
political leaders. The
incessant defamatory
portrayal of Islam as an
evil and violent faith
inevitably leads a small
minority of bigoted
individuals to turn hate-
filled words' into violent
actions," said CAIR
Communications Director
Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper
also repeated his. group's
request that President
Bush issue a clear
statement condemning


meekness. Another
principle in the moral
condition of meekness is
to turn away the word or
deed which is frivolous or
vain with that which is
better. It could have a
positive effect on the
opponent. It could be that
the opponent is attracted
towards friendship rather
than enmity. (41:35)
The differences of
opinions, disagreements,
do occur at person
national or international
level All these matters of
disturbing peace must be


anti-Muslhn hate speech
by fellow conservatives.
Just today, media
reports in South Carolina
revealed that a
Republican congressional
candidate said Islam is not
a true religion, it's a cult ...
there's nothing peaceful
about that religion. It says
kill or be killed."
As some of the other
numerous examples of
right-wing Islamophobic
rhetoric, Hooper cited
televangelist Pat
Robertson's almost day
defamation of Islam, Rev.
Jerry Vines' speech before
the Southern Baptist
Convention describing


resolved to avoid further
conflict and tension. For a
peaceful life, peace is
always better, rather than
a life of disagreement and
tension at home or abroad.
If the two people can not
resolve their differences
in face to face talk
together then the matter
should come to the
attention of another
person or body
empowered to act justly to
resolve the differences
Then the amicable
decision should be
enforced for a peaceful


someone who is charged Amendment rights and
with protecting the lives support his right to
of a diverse flying publish even bigoted
public," said CAIR views. But American
Communications Director Airlines has a duty to
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(continued on page 19)


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NORTH CAROLINA/SOUTH CAROLINA


Ashy
(continued from page 1)
succeed have lessened,
and realizing one's dream
today is anything but
easy. A middle class
family now needs two
incomes, and where once
we had open windows
and unlocked doors, we
now have burglar alarms
and unknown neighbors.
In addition, the events of
9-11 have undermined our
sense of national security.
I have chosen to seek
the U.S. Congressional
seat as much as an
opportunity to give back
something to the country
which has given me so
much. I want to address
important issues that
affect present and future
generations. I will not
seek change for the sake
of change, but will seek to
improve the quality of life
;for all citizens."
Ashy's Platform
includes wanting to:
Restructure and simplify
the tax system; make an
intelligent approach to
combating terrorism and
safeguarding our position
as World Leader by
having a PROactive not
Reactive Foreign Policy;
provide education, hope
and opportunity for this
generation of tomorrow;
protect and promote the


exporting of American
goods, not American jobs;
Ashy is "dedicated to the
principle "of the people,
by the people, for the
people."
On issues regarding
taxes, Ashy proposes
reforming the income tax
and the IRS, while
developing a new and
simpler revenue system.
Ashy says, I envision a
simple, sound, fair, and
realistic system; one that
will generate sufficient
revenue to pay our bills
leading to the elimination
of our national debt, and
balancing the budget."
He continues, "A
mathematical model can
be designed to assist us in
developing a
comprehensive blueprint
for balancing the budget.
This plan will consist of a
modified, modest, and
realistic income tax.
Government programs
must be reduced and
priorities streamlined.
In regards to the U.S
economic development
and trade policy, Ashy
says, "We must create
jobs in America by
negotiating trade
agreements which
promote jobs for
Americans with consumer
safety, environmental
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Civic Activism
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recruitment of Arab
Americans to serve in
civic associations.
Robert Capano made
welcoming remarks on
behalf of the Brooklyn
Borough President's
Office. John Abi-Habib, a
local' community leader
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Gatling, and Matthew
Duas, NYC Taxi and

Bathing Suits
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a long-sleeved top and
full-length pants. It fits
loosely so as not to show
off the outline of her body
and is made of a synthetic
material that dries


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Schechter of the Center
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Judge Matthew D'Emie,
NY State Supreme Court,
Brooklyn District, Ralph
Perfetto of the Kings
County Democratic Party,
and Robert Howe of the
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Republican Party.
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cosponsored by several
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the Center for Civic
Education, the Arab
American Christian
Coalition, the Arab
American Family Support
Center, the Beit El
Maqdis Islamic Center,
the National Merchants
Association, and the Arab
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CAIR Executive Director
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Other survey results
include the following:
48 percent of
respQndents said their
lives changed for the
worse in the year


Al Jareeza
(continued from page 8)
CNN, which had an
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parted over the right to
the first night of
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Afghanistan, tried to


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by the respondents were
verbal abuse, religious or
ethnic profiling and
workplace discrimination.
67 percent of
respondents said the
media have grown more
biased against Islam and
Muslims.


governments, while
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and ABC were named as
media outlets worthy of
praise for their coverage.
(continued on page 18)


Washington states.
"That's a big change
for both the Arab
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Muslim Secret Service
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Ashy
(continued from page 13)
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possible. "To do this," he
says, "we must eliminate
the practice of keeping
some programs off-
budget. Priorities must be
streamlined to deliver
services in areas with the
greatest need and to
eliminate non-performing
programs. Social Security


should be separated and
placed in a Trust Fund to
assure contributors
receive their due benefits.
I support investing in
State Revenue Bonds."
On education issues,
Ashy says, "Education is
more than progressing
from one grade to the
next, it is a never ending
process, a building block
upon which our future, as
a nation, is built. I will
work to ensure quality
education is available for
every citizen, whether
gifted or handicapped. In
addition, we should offer
guaranteed funds for
every citizen, whether
they wish to attend
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Bathing Suits
(continued from page 13)
any other choice."
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women in Turkey either
didn't go to the beach or
wore regular street
clothing into the water.
Most women at beaches
in secular Turkey wear
Western-style bathing
suits. *
The top company
producing Islamic bathing
suits, Hasejna, says it sold


Al Jareeza
(continued from page 14)
envious US media
giants and western
governments irked at
its more factual
reporting, the question
is: "What is their
agenda?" To many
Arab regimes it. boils
down to: "Does Al
Jazeera represent


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England, and Australia.
Mehmet Sahin said he
founded Hasema
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ma], because of his own
problems on the beach as
a university student.
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there was no company


Qatari government
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governments even
question whether it
represents a danger to
their own survival,
information being
mightier then the
proverbial sword.
The Bush
administration resents
Al Jazeera's reach. It.
pressured the Emir of


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according to Islamic
precepts, Sahin said.
"We used to have to cut
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didn't find that very
aesthetic," he said. "We
developed- the company
according to our own
needs...but we found a
place in the market."
The company


Qatar to shut the
station down. "How
can an American
administration priding
itself on free speech
even make such a
request?" was the curt
response. In any case,
business is booming
and who in their right
mind would close down
such a cash cow just
because it irked a few


expanded to include
women's suits, now the
company's top seller.


Hasema;s


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catalogue shows more
than a half-dozen colors
and floral patterns.
Sukur Dolek, who sells
the suits in Ankara,
Turkey's capital, said
some of his customers are
secular Turkish women,
who apparently take off
the removable Islamic
(continued on page 17)


politicians, even one as
powerful as the
President of the United
States?
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talk show hosts have a
love/hate relationship
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Peeved that it
constantly beats their
networks to the news,
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percent voted for Al
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Heir
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Palestinians for being
clean of corrupt practices.
His arrest in April and his
continued incarceration
have increased his
popularity; he has been
dubbed Palestine's
Mandela. He majored in
French politics during his
post graduate studies at
Bit Zeit University; his
style is informal. His
wife, a lawyer and mother
of four, leads the lobby


"Mein Kampf," and
former Special Counsel to
President Nixon Chuck
Colson's claim that "Islam
is a religion which breeds
hatred."'
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pick-up truck w as driven


group to free him from
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A physician and a
graduate of Stanford
University in California,


into the front of an
Islamic center in
Tallahassee, Fla.
Authorities said the
attacker was motivated by
"hatred of Muslims" and
had at one time tried to
join the military in order


the once leftwing activist
represents everything
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highly educated,
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skilled organiser, and
works tirelessly to put
Palestine on the
international agenda.
Although he has managed
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Palestinians through the
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health organizations he
helps run, he does not
have the "street touch" of
some other activists. Dr


to "kill Muslims." A Bible
wrapped in blue cloth was
on the front seat of the
man's truck. In July,
vandals set fire to a sign
for a new Boca Raton,
Fla., mosque.


Barghouti is an excellent
speaker, both in English
and Arabic, unlike Mr
Arafat, who is eloquent in
neither, and has been
helped in the Palestinian
arena by continuous
television exposure. He
failed in his bid for a
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(continued on page 21)


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More significant is that
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export bonanza for
their American-made
products are fast
becoming regular
viewers too. When it
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politics takes a back
seat, it seems.
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Arabic, is a study in
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and struggling
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a new Palestinian
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22,000 refugees and Fatah
activists in the. Nablus
area, Khader is perhaps


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success story. He is a
former prisoner, expelled
by Israel for his politics in
the 1980s, an activist, a
negotiator he will settle
for a two State solution.
The most. consistently
prolific critic of Arafat -
whose rule he calls, the
reign of the mafia.
Threatened by Arafat, he
takes pride in having
successfully opposed him
and survived. An almost
constant smile and the
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him a popular politician.
An ally of Marwan
Barghouti he is
considered a leader of the


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Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is
in her late 40s and
remains the standard
bearer of how Palestinians
want to be represented. A
member of parliament
with a seat representing
Arab Jerusalem, Ashrawi
won an overwhelming
number of votes in her
district, being swept in by
men, who were neither of
her social class or her
religious affiliation.
Sidelined by Arafat, she
would have done the
Palestinians much good as
foreign minister or
ambassador to
Washington, two jobs she


was never offered. An
English professor from an
upper middle class
Christian family she may
never be president, but
she has a good chance of
being an important
member of a newly
elected leadership. Her
nationalist credentials are
impeccable, she is a critic
of Arafat and has spent
time in an Israeli jail. She
is considered the most
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and in any language. Her
husband, a musician, and
her two daughters are
strong supporters.
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update
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Al Jareeza
(continued from page 20)

executives; beating a
path to its door to pitch
their wares, its
revenues are leaping
skyward. The station
even has a
correspondent covering
the Israeli Knesset and
regularly interviews
Israeli politicians, an
anathema to most
State-run Arab media
outlets.
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can be attributed to risk
taking and the
management skills of
its executives. Sensing
the mood of both Arab
and western viewers,
they skillfully supply
this diverse range of
people with news that
appeals to all interests.
Many Arab viewers are
as exasperated by
official misinformation
on political and


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economic situations
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American viewers are
with the current
administration's one-
sided take on the war
on terrorism. Oil, the
price of energy and a
broadbased political
viewpoint are a
powerful attraction.
"Take your pick but it's
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sides of the picture," is
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with modern satellite
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Heir
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Haidar Abdul Shafi, the
scion of Gaza is over 80,
but still commands the
respect of Palestinians
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has never left Palestine
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of time. A member of the
old elite Gaza
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perhaps lead a left-of-
centre coalition into
power. For now he has
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Ramallah based
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coalition to include
regional politicians in
other parts of the West
Bank. He resigned from
the parliament in protest
of Arafat's authoritarian,
practices. He supports a
two State solution and a


largely secular social
program but, despite that,
enjoys strong support
among conservative
Islamists. He could not be
president for long, but he
could create consensus
where there is none.
In his mid-50s, Iyad
Seraj, a psychologist and
left- of-centre
professional, only
recently announced his
intention of joining the
political ranks in the
heavily overpopulated
Gaza Strip. Seraj is one of
only a few politicians to
have .had the privilege of
being jailed by both the
Israelis and the
Palestinian Authority.
He has not yet
announced his political
agenda. Known as honest
and credible, many still
criticize him for having
apologized to Ara-fat after
the latter had him thrown


in jail following a
disagreement. He is
articulate but has spent a
large part of his
professional life taking
apart the Palestinian
psyche, perhaps that is a
good thing.
Abdul Azziz Al Rantisi
is considered heir
apparent to Sheikh
Ahmad Yassin of the
Islamic Resistance
movement, Hamas. In his
early 50s, this former
political prisoner and
exiled activist is a medical
doctor living in Gaza city.
His political party is
probably the most popular
in the Gaza Strip and his
students at the Islamic
University of Gaza are all
future constituents.
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1996 parliamentary
elections but claim up to
20-25% support in the
West Bank and Gaza. If


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Bathing Suits
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headscarves and wear the
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bodies on the beach.


Louvre
(continued from page 5)
is not extended by
popular demand.
Exhibits are housed in
one of the museum's
largest exposition
rooms, the Napoleon
Hall, appropriately
named for the man who
perhaps did more than
anyone else to make
France one of the
founding forces of
Egyptology.
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b e s t k n o w n
Egyptologists, Ms.
Andreu-Lanoe
gathered together some
350 pieces, all from
Deir-el-Medineh, the
village located
between the Valley of
the Kings and the
Valley of the Queens -
which 3,000 years ago
was the home of the
artisans responsible for


"Bathing suits don't
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wear Hasema...whatever
the reason may be."


building the tombs of
the Pharaohs.
Such exhibits, note
Anne-Marie Romero,
the daily Le Figaro's
cultural correspondent,
"usually limit
themselves to Gods,
tombs, and kings."
THis one, she goes on,.
"speaks to us in a
simple fashion of one
of the largest
archaeological sites of
ancient Egypt, a
miracle of sorts, and of
the way of men,
women and children
lived and worked there
for over 450 years."
The people in
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center of the exhibition
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shame.
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Al Jareeza
(continued from page 24)
to-the-minute coverage
of both events, seizing


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the moment to boost its
reputation. Such are
the fortunes of the
media business in a
time of war.

encourage tourists
back to Egypt. Over
recent years -visitor


wno numbers have been
blocks drastically reduced
instruct because of fears of
n the violence by Islamic
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ves to Ms. Andreu-Lanoe's
the exhibition also
which includes a series of
would exceptional lectures
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tombs lives and lifestyles of
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ngs, is world's leading
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Defeats
(continued from page 6)
The map of both
Hilliard's Alabama
congressional district and
McKinney's Georgia
district had been redrawn
this year. As a result both
districts were slightly less
African American and
more affluent.
Since Hilliard and
McKinney had their base
in the traditional civil
rights African American
community,. both were
vulnerable targets for
defeat by more moderate
candidates who could win
moderate blacks and
suburban white voters. It
should also be noted that
both opponents were
aided by the fact that
since both Alabama and
Georgia allow what are
called cross-over votes,
thousands of Republicans
did in fact cross over to
vote against Hilliard and
McKinney.
Sensing the
vulnerability of Hilliard
and McKinney and
knowing how both of
these members of
Congress had been strong
supporters of Palestinian
rights, Jewish American
supporters of Israel raised
well over one million
dollars to support the
campaigns of their
opponents.
Armed with
substantially more money
than either of the two
members of Congress, the


opponents were able to
effectively use their
financial advantage to
define the campaigns their
way. As a result the
Hilliard and McKinney
projected in the campaign
ads designed by their
opponents were gross
caricatures of the real
candidates. Both were
put on the defensive
recipe for defeat.
Possibly the most
troubling aspect of these
campaigns, however, was
not the targeting of the
candidates, but the
targeting and caricaturing
of their Arab American
supporters. Opposition
researchers went through

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all of Hilliard's and
McKinney's contributors
and picked out the Arabic
sounding names. They
then went through the lists
to identify those donors
who had said or done
controversial things.
Finding a handful that had
made outlandish
statements, efforts were
made to paint the entire
Arab American donor
base of the campaigns as a
controversial issue. The
effort bore fruit.
Not only the local
press, but national media
as well commented on, in
particular, McKinney's
support from individuals
suspected of ties to


terrorism. As the
campaign wore on, these
charges were further
exaggerated. One
national television
program advertised a
discussion it was to have
on the McKinney
campaign as a debate over
whether Islamic blood
money had entered
congressional politics.
McKinney's opponent
latched onto this issue and
at a debate asked the
Congressperson to
explain why she would
accept funds from persons
known to be Arab
terrorists.
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Defeats
(continued from page 26)
outset that Arab
Americans need not feel
ashamed at how they
fared in these two
contests, the community,
nevertheless, should be
concerned.
We did what we had to
do. We supported friends
and we made our mark.
But mistakes were made
as well.
Politics is not a game
for amateurs. The stakes
are serious as are the
consequences. Those in
the community who glibly
spoke of this as an Arab-
Israeli proxy war or a test
of Arab vs. Jew set the
community up for defeat.
These races were tests of
our friendship; nothing
more, nothing less and no
one should have been
foolish enough to define
us as anything different.
Next it is important to
recall a lesson Jesse
Jackson taught some 25
years ago. As an
organization I had
organized, the Palestine


Human Rights Campaign,
was growing in national
prominence, he cautioned
me "You are now on
center stage. Every word
you say will be heard.
When you were off stage
you cold say anything you
wanted to say, now you
cannot. Your words will
be heard and they will be
used against you and your
entire community."
Just as politicians must
be careful and
responsible, community
leaders must be as well.
The Muslim American
leader, who stood in front
of the White House and
said, on national
television, "We are all
Hamas, all Hizbullah and
all Jihad" should have
known that he put at risk
himself, his community
and all those elected
officials to whom he sent
campaign contributions.
Even though over a year
later he distanced himself
from these rumors it was
too late. The damage had
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