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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:
May 1, 2003
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:
UF00028363:00015

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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:
May 1, 2003
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:
UF00028363:00015

Table of Contents
    Main
        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
    Florida
        page 5
    Florida/Georgia
        page 6
    North Carolina/South Carolina
        page 7
    Maryland/Virginia
        page 8
    Tennessee
        page 9
    Alabama
        page 10
    Louisiana/Mississippi
        page 11
    Texas
        page 12
    Texas/Oklahoma
        page 13
    Oklahoma/Arkansas/New Mexico
        page 14
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 15
    Southern California
        page 16
    Los Angeles, California
        page 17
    Northern California
        page 18
    California
        page 19
    Recommended Businesses
        page 20
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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
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Celebrating 40 Years of Service


MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
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XXXX #5 MAY 2003


Continue the excite-
ment and energy at This
Summer's Federation
Convention which will be
held July 3-6th in Atlanta.


Anyone who attended last
year knows how much fun
we all had in Jacksonville.
The Atlanta Committee
(continued on page 6)


Kahlil Gibran
Spirit of
Humanity
Awards
T his year we hon-
ored- Amnesty
International USA,
Mercy Corps, MTV, for-
mer UN High
(Cnmmisinner Maryv


Georgia Man
Who Sent
Threatening
E-Mail
Arrested
Threat came following
incident involving
Muslim med students


Robinson, and prominent (MIAMI, FLORIDA,
journalist Helen Thomas 3/6/2003) Florida's
for their commitment ot office of the Council on
promoting co-existence, American-Islamic
fairness, inclusion, and Relations (CAIR-FL)
human rights, today expressed appre-
S ciation to law enforce-
Speakers included ment authorities fol-
Seantor Edward M. lowing the arrest of a
Kennedy and representa- man who allegedly sent
tives from the Whi man who allegedly sent
House and the SWi a threatening e-mail to
leadership. This aimnif'-a hospital that accepted


Patriotic Arab-Americans
Making A Difference


WASHINGTON
(CNN) An
Arab-American is
moving into the
highest ranks of
the military to a
position that may .
include coordinat-
ing operations in
a war with Iraq.
Senior U.S.
defense officials
tell CNN that
Army Lt. Gen.
John Abizaid is
expected to he


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(continued on page 7)


'Circle of Champions' dinner
honors coach Hank Stram


television journalist Maria bnriver (lent), uz singer tono ana
Queen Noor of Jordan talk during a recent party hosted by
The Landmine Survivors Network in Beverly Hills, Calif.


was discussing her new
memoir by phone from
Washington, when, as
(continued on page 12)


Wherever He Goes In The West
Bank, Its Movie Time


(continued on page 7)

Beating of _
California
Muslim
Prompts Call
For FBI Probe
Other assaults occur in
Northern California
and New Jersey

On Tuesday, March 4,
the Southern California
office of the Council on
American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-LA),
along with other civil
rights and religious-

(continued on page 16)


(continued on page 9)

Abizaid
chastises Arab
network for
showing
gruesome tape

by Donna Leinwand
USA Today
DOHA, Qatar-The air-
ing of a gruesome Iraqi
government video of
American prisoners of
war on the Al Jazeera
TV network provoked a
steady stream, of sharp
condemnations from

(continued on page 11)


Stars Shined in Memphis April 26


Areen Omary, left, and Gha
Palestinian-made feature.
By A. 0. Scott
Jabber (Ghassas Abbas) is
a glum, heavy-set man


On April
stars
brightly
Memphis, TN.


issan


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ber of


who makes a precarious luminar
living showing films to ing the
children in the towns and etrava
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26, the
shined
in


because a num-
celebrities and
ies were attend-
Shower of Stars
ganza in the


Bluff City's newest
venue, the Cannon
Center for the
Performing Arts.

Marlo, Tony and Terre
Thomas played a lead-
ing role in organizing

(continued on page 9)


Hank
head
the


Stram,
coach of
Kansas


City Chiefs


from 1960


(continued on page 8)


Arab Americans in Florida Hold
Session on Political Empowerment


ORLANDO, FL-The
Arab American Institute
(AAI) will host a civic
education workshop to
help community mem-
bers become more civi-
cally active. Attendees
will have the opportunity
to speak with media and
issue development
experts, as well as offi-
cials from various gov-
ernment agencies, and
representatives of the
Democratic and
Republican parties.

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* Love their Syrian-Lebanese heritage and its emphasis On God,
Country and family.
* Recognize that financial support of the Southern Federation of
Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, Inc. has been limited to members
annual dues and convention/conference income.
* Recognize that the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese
American Club, Inc. was formed to promote this heritage.
* Want to insure the continued existence of the Southern Federation
by donating $100 per year toward its operation. The monies
collected will go into the general fund of the Federation and will be
controlled by its Executive Board.
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time is at hand. John to
the seven churches
which are *in Asia:
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which is to come; and
from the seven Spirits
which are before his
throne; And from Jesus
Christ, who is the faith-
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begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the;
kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and
washed us from our
sins in his own blood,
And hath made us
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God and his Father; to
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Roads To Atlanta
(continued on from page 1)
promises to build on the
Jacksonville Convention's
great success. We will be
featuring Nabil Tohme and
Sahar who kept us dancing
all night last year. They
have had plenty of rest and
are ready to go. Bobby T.
Tanory will take a break
from his TV show to keep
us dancing.
As anyone knows who


Session Held
(continued on from page 1)
Participants will also
learn how to address dis-
crimination issues. The
meeting, AAI's fifth in a
national series of civic
education programs, will
be held at Hotel Royal
Plaza Saturday, March
22nd, 2003 from noon to,
3 p.m.
The event will commence
with opening remarks
from Abdallah Al-Zuabi,
AAI's National Field
Organizer. Speakers in
the first panel will discuss
how to deal with discrim-
ination in education,
housing, and employ-
ment. Speakers include:
Roger Mills, senior attor-.
ney with U.S. Department
of Education Office for
Civil Rights; Jim Mallue,
Assistant General Cousel..


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through Georgia and you
can even take the train.
We have got great hotel
rates. So you have no
excuse not to continue the
excitement and make new
memories.


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Office.
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nity needs to be aware of
what resources are avail-
able in the event of hate
crimes or acts of discrim-
ination. In this crucial
time, education is key to
ensuring the safety of
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community leader Taleb
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of the Arab American
community's involvement
in the political process.
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IGen. John Abizaid
(continued from page 1)
named deputy to Gen.
Tommy Franks, the com-
jmander of the U.S.
Central Command, which
would run a war on Iraq.
;He's likely to be named
early in the new year.
Officials say Abizaid will
fill a job created especial-
ly for him, focusing on
becoming the point man
for operations inside Iraq
and U.S. military rela-
tions with other Arab
nations.
Abizaid is fLuent in
Arabic and is the most
senior military officer of
direct Arab descent. He
was bom in the United
States to Lebanese-
American family. Sources
agree he will have a
unique capability to put
an Arab-American face
on the U.S. military from
the highest levels.
Abizaid currently serves


as director of the Joint
Staff. And as a three-star
senior general, he con-
trols much of the paper
flow around the Pentagon
and between the Pentagon
and worldwide military
commands.
Abizaid is a graduate of
the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point as
well as the Armed Forces
Staff College and
Stanford University He
also attended Stanford
University and the
University of Amman in
Jordan.
He also has trained as a
paratrooper and an Army
Ranger; serving in the
82nd Airborne Division
and the First Armored
Division. Abizaid has
extensive background in
military operations, par-
ticularily in areas of civil-
ian Muslim populations.
He served with military
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war military occupation
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-.


'Circle of Champions' dinner honors coach Hank Stram

(continued from page 1)


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IV in 1970, received
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end in San Diego.

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coincide each year with.
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people attended the
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Corporate Hospitality


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"It is an honor for St.
Jude to recognize a
man who is one of the
most successful coach-
es in the history of pro-
fessional football," said
John Moses, chair of
the St. Jude Children's.
Research Hospital,
Board of Governors.
"This is a very special
event for us and we're
proud to be associated
with the Super Bowl
and-its rich history."


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TENNESSEE


Stars Shine
(continued from page 1)

the event, which. cele-
brates the 40th anniver-
sary of St. Jude.

The gala was co-
chaired by FedEx
founder Frederick
Smith; Barry Diller
chairman and CEO of
USA Interactive and
Vivendi Universal
Entertainment; Bob
Ulrich, chairman and


CEO of Target Corp.;
and Ann Moore, chair-
man/CEO of Time, Inc.

Actor/comedian Robin
Williams, Latin sensa-
tion Marc Anthony,
R&B legend Al Green
and singing-sensation
Josh Groban performed
at the event. CEOs of
many of the country's
top corporations attend-
ed the event. Those
attended included
Michale Eisner, chair-


Georgia Man Arrested
(continued from page 1)


three .Muslim medical
students involved in a
false terror scare.
Tommy Ethridge (also
known as William
Ethridge, Jr.), 52, is
'charged with one
felony count of making
-a written threat to kill
or do bodily injury in'
an e-mail from his
home in Georgia to
Miami's -Larkin
Community Hospital.
The threatening e-mail,
headlined "Liar and
Traitor" and signed "A
True Patriot", stated:
"I would hate to see
your hospital have a
terrorist event. A word
to the wise is to
BEWARE. Terrorists
come from all walks of
life. What price do you


place on your life? It
would be a shame for
something to happen to
you and yours."
That message was
among more than 2,000
received by the hospital
following the incident
in September 2002, in
which three Muslim
medical students travel-
ing to study at Larkin
Community -Hospital'
were wrongly accused
of threatening a terror-
ist attack.
The students were
stopped based on a tip
from a Georgia woman
who said she overheard
a conversation in which
they made threatening
remarks. All three say
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Hollywood songwriter-
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woman may have been
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dent, the hospital came
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arm.

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begun by Danny
Thomas and we hope
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St. Jude and its families
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hood catastrophic dis-
eases."


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ALABAMA


Movie Time
(continued from page 1)
refugee camps of the.
West Bank. He is continu-
ally asked why he is so
preoccupied with taking
cinema to places that lack
adequate food, jobs and
basic amenities, and of
course he has no good
answer. But by chroni-
cling Jabber's efforts to
organize a screening in
Jerusalem's Old City,
"Ticket to Jerusalem,"
Rashid Masharawi's mod-
est, scruffy new film,
defends the honor .and
necessity of movie going
in times of political emer-
gency.
Like other recent"
Palestinian films, "Ticket
to Jerusalem," which was
shown as part of the New
Directors/New Films
Festival, does not fully
confront the volatility and
the violence of the
Middle East conflict.
Rather, it focuses on the
petty indignities and
absurdities of life under
occupation, especially the
transportation difficulties


posed by Israeli security
checkpoints and border
closings. It has an air of
melancholy humor as its
characters fumble toward
normalcy--drinking cof-
fee, fixing cars, engaging
in marital bickering and
friendly banter---in cir-
cumstances that would
seem to rule it out entire-
ly.
Jabber's single-minded
devotion to his increas-
ingly marginal job is his
way of engaging the com-
plexities of the
Palestinian predicament,
but it is also a way of
-avoiding them. He exists
in a melancholy state
somewhere between
resistance and resigna-
tion, going about his daily
routine out of force of
habit and as a way of
warding off despair. Like
his best friends, a
mechanic and a cafe
owner, Jabber loses him-
self in a series Of logisti-
cal problems involving
his equipment and his
schedule. He has very lit-
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As you know, Danny's
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Arab Network Chastized
(continued from page 1)


U.S. leaders, who said
the Arabic-language
news network has gone
too far.

The 24 hour news net-
work has been feeding
its viewers a diet of
burned, maimed and
dead Iraqis along with
the more antiseptic mil-
itary briefings, anti-war
protests and diplomacy.

U.S. military and polit-
ical officials have
asked all television sta-
tions to cease broad-
casting the video, first
run on Iraqi state televi-
sion.

Lt. Gen. John Abizaid
of Central command
here said airing the
video was "absolutely
unacceptable"- and
called the' images "dis-
gusting."

He chastised an Al
Jazeera reporter.
"You're from Al
Jazeera television;"
Abizaid said during a
briefing at Central
Command on Sunday
night. "I'm very disap-
pointed that you would
portray those pictures
of our servicemen."

Al Jazeera says it will
air the video as long as
it's newsworthy.-


"Our viewers and the
world a large have the
right to see the other
view," says Jihad Ali
Ballout, an Al Jazeera
spokesman. "It is a
reflection of reality.
The reality of war is
horrible. Sometimes
people miss this."

This is not All Jazeera's
first run-in with the
U.S. government. In
October 2001,
Secretary of State Colin
Powel asked Qata's
emir to use his influ-
ence to persuade Al
Jazeera to temper what
it saw as anti-American
and inflammatory cov-
erage after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks. The
U.S. Embassy in Qatar
lodged a formal diplo-
matic complaint.

independent Al Jazeera
was founded in 1996
with a grant from the
emir of Qatar. Its
approach to news adds
to its free-spirited repu-
tation. Al Jazeera
favors free-for-all talk
shows chock full of
outrage and extremists.

It is the preferred tele-
vision station of Osama
bin Laden, who uses
the network to send out
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TEXAS
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Queen Noor
(continued from page 1)
is usual in media inter-
views, the allotted 25
minutes were up just as
the conversation was
getting somewhere.
It was a shame, really,
because the warmth of
this American-born
royal was beginning to
surface in her articulate
but carefully measured
discussion of her late
husband, King Hussein,
and his quest for peace.
That seriousness is
reflective of her timely
book Queen Noor:
Leap of Faith; Memoirs
of an Unexpected Life
(Miramax Books;
$25.95) being released
even as the Middle East
teeters once again on
the edge of war and the
United States floats
another plan for peace
among Israelis and
Palestinians.
Queen Noor, who is 51,
said her husband had
long encouraged her to
share her perspective of
both Middle Eastern
and Western cultures.
"But I also wrote the
book because I felt that
his story- which at
different periods of
time has been so little
understood deserved to
be better understood. I
feel that in many ways
it could continue to
provide a framework,


or an example of peace
building in the region
or perhaps elsewhere,"
she said.
Hussein died of cancer
in 1999 after steering
his country through
rough political waters
for 47 years. He was
particularly criticized
for not joining
President George
Bush's coalition during
the first Gulf War.
"There will be hard-lin-
ers on all sides, in the
region as well as
among communities .in
the United States and
elsewhere, who will
attack me-as they
have in the past-for
trying to put a human
face on the people
behind the politics and
political forces in the
region," said Queen
Noor. "But that's the
only way, I believe, that
we can achieve peace
and the kind of under-'
standing that can lead
to dialogue that will
generate a lasting
peace."
This book is not a light-
weight romance,
although there is a
sweetness to her
account of being swept
off her feet by the wid-
owed Middle Eastern
king.
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father, who was of Arab
descent, headed the
Federal Aviation
Administration during
the ,Kennedy adminis-
tration and later worked
for the national,-
Jordanian airline. She
came of age in the
United States during
the turbulent '60s, land-
ing a place in
Princeton's first coed
freshman class, her
degree in architecture
and urban planning
eventually led her to a.
job in Jordan. a
She became the king's
fourth wife .,in 1978,
converting to Islam and
enthusiastically
embracing her new
homeland -a resource-
poor nation about the
size of Indiana, which
has no oil and has,
through the decades,
absorbed thousands of
Palestinian refugees. It
was the king who chose
her new name, Noor Al
Hussein, the "Light of
Hussein". in Arabic.
The book is not a royal
tell all, although there
are telling glimpses of
world figures: During
an Arab summit in
Amman, Iraq's Saddam
Hussein would eat only
food prepared by his
own staff. Prince
Charles was the only
British royal not to turn


a cold shoulder to-
Jordan's royal couple
during the first Persian
Gulf crisis. And, she
writes, Barbara Bush
once sent a message
through an American
official that she consid-
ered Queen Noor a trai-
tor.
But for the most part,
the book is a documen-
tary of life in Jordan as
told through the
eyes of a woman who
loved her husband,
even when times were
rough, and who sup-
ported his political phi-

losophy which she
describes as one of
inclusion and dialogue
among opposing forces
even as Western and
Arab nations lined up
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years of disappoint-
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peace negotiations,
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heartened by programs
such as Seeds of Peace,
which bring youths of
different countries
together to learn about
and, debate world
issues. And she stresses
the common ground of
Islamic and Western
cultures: emphasis on
family, tolerance, edu-
cation and equality.
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TEXAS I OKLAHOMA


Queen Noor
(continued from page 11)
and militant minori-
ties, such as the
Taliban, often grab
headlines and rein-
force stereotypes, but
these groups do not
reflect the teachings. of
Islam and, in fact, con-
tradict them, she said.
Queen Noor said she
has found Americans
anxious to understand
the complexities of the
Middle East even dur-
ing critical moments,
such as the last Gulf
War.
"They wanted to
understand better what
was driving people and
different political
forces to different
actions and statements
of rhetoric, as well.
And that encourages
me tremendously," she
said.
After King Hussein's
death, he \\as succeed-
ed by his- eldest son.
Abdullah, from his
second marriage to the
British-born Princess
Muna.
Queen Noor, 51, main-
tains an active role in
Jordan through, her
foundation, which
emphasizes domestic
programs such as
health care, environ-
mental protection and
entrepreneurial pro-
grams for rural women
selling crafts and hand-
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active in the interna-
tional effort to ban
landmines globally.


Ackels
(continued from page 4)
Dallas, Texas Isabel
Mary Zoghby Ackels,
born in Mobile, Ala.
Died peacefully on
February 1, 2002, sur--
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prayer by her entire
family. Preceded. in
death by parents,
George and Emma
Zoghby, brothers
Kaleel and Judge
Michael Zoghby (Past
President of the
Southern Federation).
Survived by her loving
husband of 52 years,
Judge Lawrence E.
Ackels, attorney, for-
mer Judge and member
of the Dallas City
Council and Southern
Federation Past
President,, ten children
and their spouses,
Larry, Jr. (Past
President Southern
Federation), wife
Mary; Henry Ackels
(Past President of the
Southern Federauion)
and wife, Carol;
George Ackels and
wife Alana; Mary
Emma Karam and hus-
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M.D.; Michael Ackels,
Joseph Ackels and
wife, Linda, Theresa
Kemp and husband
Gary; Gregory Ackels
and wife Shari; Miriam
Ackels, Cecilia Martin
and husband, Matt;
three sisters; Sister
George Frances
Zoghby, S. L. of
Kentucky, Miriam and
Cecilia Zoghby, brother


Raymond Zoghby (Past
President of the
Southern Federation)
wife Rosalia, Mary Jo
Le Zoghby and Josette
Zoghby; aunt Sister
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uncle Hasep Kahalley,
all of Mobile; 33 grand-
children and three
great-grandchildren;
and many nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Known as "Sittie Bell"
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Isabell lived a blessed
and wonderful life. She
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generous hospitality,
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In a statement to the
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said "She was a woman
of grace and strength
who brought together-
the unique ability, and_


capacity to be a wife,
mother, and active civic
leader." Her life was
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.Isabel had a rich- and
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V m -(continued from page 2)

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Summer Convention each year.
Yes, want to protect the principles of the Southern Federation of
Syrian-Lebanese American Clubs by becoming a guardian Angel.


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I




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i
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I - - - - -


Karam
(continued from page 4)

that my Arab
background has
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of my life. My Syrian-
Lebanese families in
Oakdale, Louisiana and
Texarkana, Texas have
influenced the love I
have for my heritage.
My immediate family,
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extended family has
participated in Saharias
and continues to follow
the culture and
consume the delicious
Arab food. Both great-
grandparents on my
dad's side came over
from the "old country"
(Syria) primarily
because of religious
persecution. They knew
that America would
provide them a better
way of. life where they
could live and worship
freely. I have many
reasons to have pride in
my ethnic background.
I am more educated
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ARIZONA / NEVADA


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(contioned fron page 3)
was, and which is to
come, the Almighty. I
was in the Spirit on the
Lord's day, and heard
behind me a. great
voice, as of a trumpet,
And I turned to see the
voice that spake with
me. And being turned, I
saw seven golden can-
dlesticks; And in the
midst of the seven can-
dlesticks one like unto
the Son of man, clothed
with a garment down to
the foot, and girt about
the paps with a golden
girdle. His head and his
hairs were white like
wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as .a
flame of fire; And his
feet like unto fine brass,
as if they burned in a
furnace; and his voice
as the sound of many
waters. And he had in
his right hand seven
stars: and out of his '
mouth went a sharp two
edged sword: arid his
countenance was as the
sun .shineth in his
strength. And when I
saw him, I fell at his
feet as dead. And he
laid his right hand upon
me, saying unto me, I
Fear not; I am the first
and the last: I am he
that liveth, and was
dead; and, behold, I am
alive for evermore,
Amen; and have the


keys of hell and of
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to be torn and stabbed
by a sharp object. The
attack is*.being investi-
gated as a possible
bias-related incident.

"We believe this
recent increase in
attacks on American
Muslims is a direct


Beating of Muslim
(continued from page 1)
organizations, held a
noon news conference
in Anaheim to call for
an FBI investigation of
recent bias-related
attacks on Muslims in
California and New
Jersey.

The Washington-based
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group
reports that a Muslim
teenager was severely
beaten February 22 in
Yorba Linda, Calif., by
a group of some twen-
ty attackers using
baseball bats and golf
clubs. The assailants,
at least two of whom
were reported to be
white supremacists,
allegedly shouted
racial slurs such as
"F**k the Arabs,"
"you Arab pieces- of
s**t," and "camel
jockeys." The 18 year-
old victim sustained
multiple head injures
and stab. wounds. He
underwent reconstruc-
tive surgery on March
1 during which metal


plates were used to
repair facial bone frac-
tures.

In Irvington, New
Jersey, a Muslim father
of six was assaulted
February 21 by two
men who accused him
of being a terrorist.
The Star-Ledger news-
paper reported that the
attackers said, "You
have to go back to your
country." as they
knocked the victim to
the ground, kicking and
injuring him in his
head, abdomen and
groin.

SEE:
http://www.nj.com/sear
ch/index.ssf?/base/new
s2/1046589947964230.
xml.

In Santa Clara,
Calif., a Muslim
woman wearing
Islamic attire was
assaulted Februar.y 28
in the laundry room of
her apartment building,
She was punched in the
face and suffered a split
lip and bruises. Every
item in the woman's


pro-war and anti-Islam
rhetoric coming from
right-wing and evan-
gelical leaders." said
CAIR-LA Executive
Director Hussam
Ayloush. "The FBI
needs to take these inci-
dents seriously to help
provide a sense of secu-
rity for ordinary
American Muslims,"
said Ayloush. He,
added that government
officials, elected repre-
sentatives .and political
commentators should
also cool down their
rhetoric and acknowl-
edge that harsh words
can lead to violent
actions.


Ackels
(continued from page 13)
were hosts for United
Nations' Emissary Dr.
Charles Malik at his
appearance before the
Dallas Council on
World Affair. As a
member of the
Equestrian Order of the
Holy Sepulcher of
Jerusalem, Isabel and
Lawrence made a pil-
grimage to Rome and
to the Holy Land in
1992. They were recip-
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Blessings and the first
Christian Family Award
conferred by St.
Edward's University
(1965) Deeply commit-
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nurturing of her chil-
dren, she postponed her
own formal education
until her youngest child
started school.

In 1978 she obtained
her B.A. degree summa
cum laude, from the
University of Texas at
Dallas. Always proud
of her, Lebanese her-
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faithful member of the

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Politeness
Barkatulla
(continued from page3)

For :

"Allah likes not the
utterance of
unseemly
speech in public."

(Holy Quran. 4:149)

Islam does not permit
Muslims to utter impo-
lite words about
others in public. This is
because ,people who
are not polite, the trait
of 'talaqat' that is
'cheerfulness'.I t con-
verts into 'Rifq' in
adults if adopted delib-
erately."Talaqat' is then
a trait ,the root cause of
'Rifq", which emerges
as a moral quality when
the trait of 'Talaqat' is
used appropriately.

The natural behavior of
a child then, shows
that politeness is a nat-
ural faculty in mankind.
It nonetheless, is lost in
the 'ups and downs' of
life. Thus the choice
of politeness, courtesy
,cheerfulness ,expres-
sion of kind as well as
good words should be
made deliberately and
intentionally. Only then
,the deliberate choice,


at proper occasion,
'Rifq' will convert into
a moral quality.

Holy Prophet ,may
peace be upon him ,was
gifted with a smiling
face. In adversity ,as
well ,being always
thankful to Allah, he
never gave up his
smile.Holy Prophet of
Islam bore all the per-
sonal losses and
calamities cheerfully
alone. He never
brought personal and
private grievance in the
public life.Thus he
never expected any
sympathy ,on his per-
sonsl loss ,from the
people around him.

No matter what were
his personal sorrows ,
Holy Prophet of Islam
.met everybody alike and
always with a natural
smile.So the personal
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ACKELS
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


The disappearing culture
of the Imazighen
As Tunisia moves forward with its
impressive programme of social and
economic development; historians feel a
vital part of the country's heritage in on
the cusp of being lost forever.
by Andrew Hammond


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Tunisia once belonged
to the Berbers, but
over 1,300 years
after the Arab conquest of
North Africa most of them
have assimilated into Arab
culture and barely 1% of
the population of 10m still
speaks the language or
regards itself as Berber. In
fact, Berber identity seems
to have been almost
completely erased from the
collective psyche of
Tunisians and cultural
awareness amongst the
Berbers themselves is
poor. Yet these proud,
independent people played
a vital role in there
development of
democratic 21st century
Tunsisia.
In Tunis there is no
university that teaches
Berber ,languages, simply
because there is little
interest in Berber culture.
Many Tunisians assert that
there are, in fact, no
Berbers in their country -
even on the island of Jerba,
one of the few strongholds
of Berber identity in the
south, one shopkeeper
said: "There's none of that
here; it's Algeria, that you


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attention to
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culture in C
Tunisia. The
Carthaginian
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- .who
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Tunisian. But not the
Berber warrior Princess
Kahina, who challenged
the Arab armies that
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mid-7th century AD.
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individual or designated
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has tried in his own way to
do his bit for promoting the
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(Arabic of "land of the
Berbers") hotel in the
mountain village of
Matmata. "Here is
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speaking the language any
more. They are starting to
forget. There are only three
villages where people still
really speak the language."
Bahri says he built the
hotel, which appeals to
five-star culture tourists,
many from France, to


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way of life of these Berber
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French language by
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concept of arab identity.
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Imazighen
(continued from page 18)
those in Libya, were too
small in number to be
heard, whereas in Algeria
and Morocco large
communities of Berbers
fall within national
borders: some 20% of
Algerians are speakers, but
up to another 20$% are
estimated to have a
historical memory of once
being Berber.
Berbers began large-scale
migration from the
southern mountains to
Tunis, where many work in
the souqs of the old city,
and to Europe, In Tunis,
they tend not to advertise
their Berber identity. The
reasons are complex. The
description 'Berber' is a
destination given by
outsiders that has intrinsic
negative connotations. The
name probably has its
origin in the Latin-derived
word 'barbarian', after the
Romans referred to the
rebellious indigenous
tribes on North Africa in
that manner. The term then
found its way-, into. arabic,,
so that the work barbari
means both 'Berber' and


'barbarian'. But the great
Tunisian Arab historian Ibn
Khaldoun who stands
out in Arab history for his
effort to write a history of
the Berbers linked the
name to the odd sound of
their language to the
Arabic ear: they were
people distinguished by
barbara, or
'incomprehensible talk'.
The idea that being Berber
is out of fashion is deeply
ingrained. A Tunis taxi
driver, Al As'ad explained:
"Tunisia was originally
Berber. We were all
Berbers originally but
many Tunisians would not
admit they were ever
Berber. They say they are
arabs only".
In contrast, families of
Andalusian origin (who
left for Morocco and also
Tunisia when the Spanish
Christians expelled them
from the Iberian peninsula
after 1492), are accorded
great prestige in Tunisian
society. Endless television
programmes are dedicated
to celebrations of
-Andaluncian Arab-Islamic
culture. "Andalucia is not
limited to a geographical


area, we are all
andalucians," one
musician said of North
Africa in a recent
progrmme on Moroccan
television.
Tunisia has a very special
place in the typography of
Arab identity and the
spread of Islam, since it
was home to the first
mosque in North Africa,
established by Arab
conqueror Uqba bin Nafi'
in the Arab caravan city of
Kairawan, as well as the
famed Zeitouna mosque
and seminary in Tunis.
in on of the few English
language studies of Berber
history, Michael Brett and
Elizabeth Fentress wrote in
their 1996 book The
Berbers: "Writing about
Berbers after the Arab
conquest is still, today, not
politically correct in the
Maghreb. There are a
number of reasons for this.
One, perhaps the most
important, is a community
felt desire for the unity of
Islam through its scared
language. Arabic. Further,
the attempt by the Frencyh
. to create a Berber fifth
column' in the Maghreb to
support their rule was,
quite rightly, rejected by
the nationalist movement.
Finally, a substantial


current of the left has
always tried to suppress
ethnic differences."
With a revival of the
language underway in
Morocco and Algeria in
the last 20 years, a new
politically-correct term
has emerged by which the
Berbers refer to
themselves. They are the
Imazighen, or 'free men'.
The term is a derivative of
the Arabic adjective
amazighi for 'Berber' and
'Berber language.'
However, there is some
cause for optimism. One
Tunis resident with an
interest in his own Berber
history told The Middle
East:
"We are all part of
Tunisia's rich heritage.
During the fight for
independence, for
nationalistic reasons we
had to present a united
front and dismiss all the
differences which could
be exploited by the
colonial powers. But now,
it is imperative that we
renew our relationship
with our past. We belong
to Tunisia's heritage.
Sooner or later out just
place in the history of our
country will be
recognized."


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