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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:
August 1, 2003
Frequency:
monthly
regular

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

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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).
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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:
August 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:
UF00028363:00018

Table of Contents
    Main
        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
    Florida's Gulf Coast
        page 5
    Florida's Gulf Coast/Central Florida
        page 6
    Florida
        page 7
    Georgia
        page 8
    North Carolina/South Carolina
        page 9
    North Carolina's High Country
        page 10
        page 11
    Virginia/Washington, DC
        page 12
    Maryland
        page 13
    Alabama/Tennessee
        page 14
    Texas
        page 15
        page 16
    New Mexico/Oklahoma
        page 17
    Michigan
        page 18
    St. Louis, MO
        page 19
    Colorado/Utah
        page 20
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 21
    Southern California
        page 22
    California
        page 23
    Recommended Businesses
        page 24
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THE SYRAN-LEBANESE STAR
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XXXX #8 AUGUST 2003


I I


Saudi Arabia
The Crumbing Kingdom
The royal family is corrupt,
AL Qaeda is on their payroll, and the world's
largest OIL SUPPLY is at stake
By Robert Baer
from "Sleeping
with the devil"

Americans .have
long considered
.- Saudi Arabia the
y rone constant in the
troubled Middle
East. With our oil
banked under their
sand, losing Saudi
Arabia would be
like losing the
(continued on page7)
V'We Are Family'












National Palestinian group taps
pharmacist as leader
A Jacksonville pharma- largest Arab-American
cist is beginning a two- organizations in the
year stint in a leadership nation.
role for one of the (continued on page 18)
Mid Winter Conference
Appreciation Dinner Held
Appreciation "
Dinner to honor
the hardworking
Mid-Winter
Conference com-
mittee members
on Saturday, May
3, 2003 in Baton Rouge. The Sherwood Forest
(continued on page 18)


Dr. James
Moises
Candidate for
President


Having been honored to
serve as your Vice-
President this past year,
I now ask for your sup-
port as I run for office,
asd, next President of
.(continued on page 12)
TKY signs oil
development
block deal in
Syria
Canada's Tanganyika
Oil Company has
signed a Production
Sharing Agreement
with the Syrian
Petroleum Company
over the giant Oudeh
oil field in north-east-
ern Syria. The Oudeh
Block covers 192 sq kn.
Salaam Club
of Tulsa
Announces.
Labor Day
Celebration
August 29 through
September 1, 2003, will
be the dates to be in
Tulsa, OK for Labor
Day Weekend
Convention, Baalbek
Festival 2003..
Members of the Salaam
Club of Tulsa are plan-
(continued on. page 17),


World Bank
Contributes
$5M to Herbal
Conservation in
Jordan
The World Bank's
Board of Directors
approved a $5m grant
from the -Global
Environment Facility
(GEF) to help the
Hashemite Kingdom of
(continued on page 13)
OPEC fund
lends $15m to
Lebanese high-,
way rehabilita-
tion project
OPEC -Fund for
I nt e r n ati o na 1
Development signed a
$15m loan agreement
with the Republic of
Lebanon to co-finance
an extensive scheme to
rehabilitate and con-
struct new sections of a
major artery linking the
capital 'city Beirut to
the Syrian border..

Old -fashioned
Cash losing out
to plastic in the
Middle East
The number of
transactions made by
Middle East debit and
credit cardholders
increased by 33% from
130m transactions in
2001 to nearly 175m
transitions last year,
representing an average
of six transactions
made every second,-
revealed Visa
International. Jordan
(continued on page 17


Earlier this year the
United Nations estab-
lished a World
Solidarity Fund (WSF)
modeled on,. Tunisia's
pioneering programmer
of poverty elimination,
the National Solidarity
Fund.


Speaking at the launch
of the WSF, Mark
Malloch Brown,
Administrator of the
U-N- De\ elopiment
Programmer (UNDP)
said: "In a few short

(continued on page 14)


Film Exposes "Honor Killings in
Pakistan


By Emaleah Shackleton

Ayfer Ergun's docu-
mentary is one of an
increasing number of
films addressing crimes
committed against
women, in the third
world. "Against My
Will" takes place -in
Pakistan, not Saudi
Arabia or other Islamic
country more common-
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Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2003 ||


Jacksonville News


Linda Salameh and
Johnny Jubran were
married at 4:30 p.m.
yesterday in St. George
Antiochian Orthodox
Church.

The bride, daughter of
Asma and Munir
Salameh, -graduated
from the University of
North Florida and is
employed by Daimler
Chrysler Services
North America LLC.

The bridegroom, son of
Jeanette and Hanna
Jubran, graduated from
Sandalwood High
School and is employed
(continued on page 11)


Deaths

Restauranteur
Assi dies at 76


Sayaf Bitar
Anita Bitar and Dr.
Konstantine Sayaf were
married at 4 p.m.
yesterday in St. George
Antiochian Orthodox
Church.

The bride, daughter of
Badia and Milad Bitar,
graduated from
Boston.University.

The bridegroom, son of
the Very Rev. George
and Eleftheria Sayaf,
Cincinnati, graduated
from Tufts University
School of Dental
Medicine. He is the
owner and operator of.
All Smiles Dental
(continued on page 11)


Assi
Joseph Assi, who as the
proprietor of Assi's
Gold Room Restaurant
(continued on page 19)
Deaths-Azar
John Peter Azar, 94,
passed away July 3,
2003. :
John served his country
in World II. He was also
a long time member of
the Salaam Club and the
Lebanese American
Club of Jacksonville.
He was predeceased by
his loving wife of 70
years, Adele Rahaim
(continued on page 20)


Weddings


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II Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2003


God is Love, Just, and a
Consuming Fire


Our Lady
of the Californias


Politeness
(3) Final


Listen! This article is
going to put the fear of
God in your hearts and
a complete reverence
for our creator and sal-
vation of the lost.

God said inri Joshua 1:8
"This book of the law-
shall not depart out of
thy mouth; but thou
shalt meditate therein
day and night, that thou
mayest observe to do
according to all that is
written therein: for then
thou shalt make thy
way prosperous, and
then thou shalt have
good success."

God never talked of
another book because
He is not a God of con-
fusion. From this book
you will know God inti-
mately and you will


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Kev. rrea massaoni
know that the Lord
Jesusl Christ is God
Himself You will also
know that He is
almighty, He can come
in different personali-
ties and shapes to
accomplish T-lis will.

Let us read .Tob 41: 1,
19-21, 31, 32. "Canst
thou draw out leviathan
with an hook? or his
tongue with a cord
which thou lettest
down? Out of his mouth
go burning lamps, and
(continued on page 13)


The heritage of both
Californias (ambas
Californias -baja and
alta) clearly bears the
stamp of the Mother of
Jesus. The influence of
the Virgin Mary is found
everywhere. From the
outset she traveled with
the Spanish missionar-
ies.

California's padres then
and later were clients of
Mary. They were
responsible for introduc-
ing her name and devo-
tion to this part of the
New World. So evident
is this, the Vice
Postulator of Blessed
Junipero Serra's cause,,
Father Noel Moholy, has
said that "If Mother
Church "should raise the
Apostle of California to.
the honor of the altars,
we know whose hand
will weave for him the
garland of sainthood."


By Brother John
Samaha, S.M.
Nuestra Senora de Belen
(Our Lady of
Bethlehem), named La
Conquistadora by
Galvez, had been sent to
Monterey and was used
in taking possession of
that area for Spain. Later
the statue was returned
to Mexico, but in subse-
quent years it found its
way back to Mission
San Carlos Borromeo
del Rio Carmelo and is
still enshrined there.
Special veneration i to
Mary developed at her
(continued on page 13)


Speaking politely with a
cheerful and smiling face
is urged in Islam.
The Muslims are further
instructed as of Holy
Quran ,not to call others by
nick-name ,nor by any
other name that is not
their's
"And do not defame peo-
ple
nor call one another by
nick-names. It is an evil
thing to call
others by bad names or by
the name that they .
do not want to be called
with."
(Holy Quran. 49:12)
As such ,politeness should
be extended to others .It
will ,eventually ,eradicate
the ill in the society to oth-
ers the names that are not
their's. Even if somebody
does not like another per-
son- 's name ,should ,at
least ,be polite enough to
call him/her by the actual
given name.
To be polite ,Holy Quran,
has given further instruc-
tions the Muslims:
"" ye people who believe!
let not one people deride


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another people, by chance,
the latter may be better
than the former.
Nor ,one group of women
deride another group of
women, by chance ,the lat-
ter may be better than the
former."
(Holy Quran. 49:12)
Here the instructions are
not only to men but to the
women as well. The
women are specifically
instructed neither to scorn
nor laugh at another
women ,because ,the latter
could be better, in Allah's
sigh than the former. The
golden rule of politeness is
the pivot in Islam. And it
follows naturally from a
true understanding of our
relationship to Allah and
His creation. In all
respects, a Muslim needs
(continued on page 23)






Page 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2003

FLORIDA'S GOLD COAST

Mobile Holds Annual Installation Texas News I over isyrs.


Lebasyr Heritage Society
Corpus Christi, Texas


The Lebanese American
Club of Mobile held its
annual installation ban-
quet at the Marriott Hotel
and Convention Center
with an enjoyable cocktail
hour and a delicious ban-
quet featuring real
Lebanese food. Following
the banquet the new offi-
cers were installed by Dr.
Bassam A. Bassam.
Alabama State Vice
President for the Southern
Federation. Installation of
the president of the club,
John Ye Givens was by
Dr. James Moises, Vice
President of the Southern
federation. '-Special
thanks %ere given to
Gene Petro for his efforts
in putting together
"Treasurers of your-
Heritage. Because it is so
informative every family
should review it with heir
loved ones. For reading
this booklet will make
you ~' even prouder of
your heritage. Outgoing
President Rosalie Zoghby
gave an annual report of
an outstanding year. .
family activities, the
increase in membership
and the fourth addition of
the telephone directory
completed and given to
every family. Officers for
the year 2003 are:


President, John Givens;
Vice Pres., Edmund
Naman; Corres. Sec.,
Ruby Moore; Rec.
Sec.,Sameh Dalati; Sgt.
At Arms, Kelly Strong;
Treas., Joe Davis.
Members of the Board of
Directors are Dr. Bassam
Bassam, Chairman,
Melanie Kahalley, Gene
Petro, Kamal
Constantine, Rosemarie
Leitner; Judge Bill Saliba;
Trustees, Margurite Hurd,
Parker
Kahalley, Ann Sudeiha,
and: Building
, Co rni m itte e, Robert
Belmany.Dr. James
Moises, Vice Pres. of the
Southern Federation
being presented a plaque
by Board Member, Gene
Petro adopting him as an
honorary member of the
Lebanese-American Club
of Mobile. Also shown is
John Givens, incoming
President Pictured are the
incoming officers: Top
row: Joe Davis, Treas.,
Kamal Constantine,
Board Member;Kelly
Strong, Sgt. At Arms;
Mrs. Lydia Pugh covered
(now living is Los Altus,
CA); Raumond Zoghby,
Bd. Member for St. Jude
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The April meeting, a winners of the games
cover dish supper was that followed the din-
held at the home of ner. Appreciation was
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hospitality was warm, Joseph, who not only
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FLORIDA'S GULF COAST.


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monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 35 years. ,
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Alphonse AI"A
Fedferation Suffers Loss of Another Past President George Zwan, Sr.


Alphonse "Al" George
Zwan, Sr. passed away on
.May 4, 2003. He was born
on July 12,1923 and was
probably one of the few
Past President who was at
the birth of the Federation.
At the early age of seven,
he accompanied his parents
to an event which is now
known as the birth of the
Federation which later
became the annual gather-
ing of the Federation. Al
was born in Crowley, LA.
to Adele Reggie and
Bashara Zwan. He graduat-
ed from St. Michael High
School in 1941 and being a
fast, excellent t pist applied
at the age of 17 for a civil
service job. For a year he
worked in Washington, DC
for the Social Security
office.
At the age of 18 he volun-
teered for the army and
served in Europe during
World War II. He was in the
I 2th Armored Division,
served under Patton and
was in the Battle of the
Bulge. He was discharged
in January, 1946 and mar-


ried Rose Campbell of
Tyler, Texas on July 21, 1
946.They would have cele-
brated their 57th anniver-
sary this year. After being
married for 11 years and the
father of 2 sons, he decided
to further his education.
The family moved to
Houston and he entered
University of Houston
where he received his BBA
with high honors, even
though he was 31 yrs old at
the time. While going to
college, he taught school
and coached the football
team. Knowing nothing
about football, he consulted
the World Book and built
his team around the knowl-
edge he got from there.
Believe it or not, his team
won the championship for
Catholic schools in the area.
He was a firm believer in
education and made certain,
that his sons and grandson
went to college. His
favorite remark to them was
"you improved on all 1
taught you."
Al was a proper develop-
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Film: Honor
Killings
(continued from page 1)

ly associated with vio-
lence against women.
It is noteworthy that
lence against women.
It is noteworthy that
this film comes at a
time when there are
mounting press reports
regarding the worsen-
ing plight of Afghani
women under the
Northern Alliance and
the Karazi government,
despite the vehement
assertion that women
would enjoy more
rights after the collapse
of the Taliban regime.
This film may surprise
some viewers because
Pakistan, a nation allied
with the United States
in the war on terrorism,
has not suffered much


in the public eye as far
as social issues are con-
cerned, leading some to
believe that the condi-
tions under which
women live there are
much better than those
in many other Islamic
countries. Ergun's film
casts doubt on such
assumptions, for we are
shown women's suffer-
ing in unmistakable
images and words.

"Against My Will" is
the terrifying and infu-
riating story of "honor
killings" in Pakistan;
women who leave abu-
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interviewed her family.
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guarded at first, and
then one man, presum-
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Crumbling
Kingdom
continued from page 1
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Crumbling
Kingdom
continued from page 7
beyond redemption----
that, in short, the coun-
try needs a radical
" purification. "
Terrified of a militant
uprising, the House of
Saud shovels protection
money at the funda-
mentalists and tries to
divert their attention
abroad. But as the
May 12 suicide bomber
attacks in Riyadh
demonstrate, the war is
now breaking out in the
streets.

I served for 21 years
with the CIA's
Directorate of
Operations in the
Middle East. I accept-
ed on faith my govern-
ment's easy assumption
that the money the
House of Saud was
dumping into weaponry
and national security
(an estimated 50 per-
cent of its total rev-
enues) meant the fami-
ly's armed forces could
keep its members---and
their oil---safe. "The
royal family is like the
fingers of a hand," my
State Department col-
leagues liked to say.
"Threaten it, and they
become a fist."


I no longer believe this.
Saudi Arabia is more
and more an irrational
state. For a surprising
number of Saudis, tak-
ing the kingdom's oil
off the market---
destroying their own
economy--is an accept-
able alternative to the
status quo.

If I had to pick a single
moment when the
House of Saud truly
began to fall apart, it
would be when King
Fahd bin Abdul Aziz
suffered a near-fatal
stoke in 1995. The
royal family went on
high alert. From all
over Riyadh came the
thump-thump of heli-
copters and the sirens
of convoys converging
on the hospital where
he'd been taken.

Among the first to
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and favorite wife, and
their spoiled megalo-
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full brothers--Sultan,
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Nayef, the interior min-
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governor of Riyadh
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breaking the treasury;
all told, their brethren
numbered 10,000 to
12,000. Would Grown
prince Abdullah--a 79
year old reformer next
in line for the throne-
stop their stripends -if
Fahd died? They had
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out.


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sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils goeth
smoke, as out of a
seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth
coals, and a flame goeth
out of his mouth. He
maketh the deep to boil
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destroy the enemies
around Jerusalem?

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before Jerusalem on the
east, and the mount of
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Samaha
(continued from page 3)
altar during the colonial
period, and today that
statue is considered
California's oldest and
most historic replica of
the Mother of God.

Two missions in Alta
California, La Purisima
Concepcion and Nuestra
Senora de la
Soledad,were dedicated
to Mary as were seven
of the twenty-five mis-
sions in Baja California.
California's largest city
was named in honor of
Nuestra Senora de los
Angeles del Rio de
Porciuncula, where
Portola-s expedition
.camped en route to
Monterey in 1769. The
Virgin Mary's name was
given also to other
towns and villages.
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Californias : (Ambas
Californias)-' was
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y Moreno, now buried at
Mission Santa Barbara.
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the magnificent shrine
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of the Californias. This
feast is still celebrated in
theliturgical calendar of
all the dicoeses of both
Californias as an obliga-
tory memorial (July 4 in
Mexico; July 5 in
California). In each mis-
sion will be found a
painted image of Our
Lady of Refuge similar
to the Italian original
that came to Mexico.

In San Francisco the Old
St. Mary's Cathedral
was dedicated in 1854 to
Saint Mary, Ever Virgin
and Conceived without.
Sin. This old edifice was
the first cathedral in -
the world named in
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Conception after the
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arid was in use until
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fire. The present cathe-

(continued on page 23)


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Tunsia
continued from page 1


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around 4%. I am
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It seems appropriate
that from a continent


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:then,: at around 26%
was far smaller than
the average for Africa
it was too large for a
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of rapid improvements
in general living stan-
dards. An ingenious
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The concept behind
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two pillars: an active
involvement of all sec-
tors of society in the


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The aim was to pro-
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Another, no less vital
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society in the battle.
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TEXAS ..


Tunsia
(continued from page 14)

was no longer the sole.
preserve of the-govern-
ment or of international
organizations--it was
something everybody
could participate in.
The response was over-
whelming.

The public gave
willingly and generous-
ly---large amounts of
coming from the
wealthy and corpora-
tions, to pennies from
children celebrating
birthdays. The fund
was scrupulously
administered. Projects
were well planned and
completion targets set
and adhered to. As the
tangible results became
more visible, public
enthusiasm warmed
further and the fund
grew larger. ANational
Solidarity Bank was set
up to fund small scale
enterprises which had
been unable to raise
collateral. Public and
private sector experts
offered organizational,
production and market-
ing advise. Education,
including adult educa-
-tion, made the -formerly
marginalized employ-
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schemes, such as the
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Film: Honor
Killings
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truth; they dishonor
their family for the sake
of their own pleasure.

What these women are
escaping is far worse
than the "arguments",
Kubra's father pre-
sumed led to her flight.
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scarves (though most
women remove their
headscarves inside the
shelter) and hidden
behind dark glasses,
was locked in a room
which her husband and
mother-in-law sprayed
with kerosene and
incinerated.

As Razia shares her
atrocious tale with the
filmmaker, a counselor
shows her a mirror and
tells her that there is
nothing wrong with her
face that once she
accepts her appearance,


others will as well.
Razia is inconsolable;
her scarred, disgigured
face is a physical
expression of her suf-
fering, and the depth of
her pain is palpable.
Like Razia, many
women living in Dastak
share their suffering
with the empathetic
counselors and the
filmmaker. They often
seem, despite everything
they have been through,
cheerful and warm,
cooking together,
sewing in the sun out-
side, going through the
wavelike movements of
pra\ er, sharing their
small beds and sad sto-
ries.

A young woman named
Anita is visited by her
mother; she is one of
the few women (if not
the only woman) in the
film to have the support
of at least one family
member. Her mother
assures her that her
father will not kill her,
that she should be safe
since she has no broth-


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said he will not, the
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"would never dream of
trusting her {her} fami-
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lent job of conveying
the horror and humani-
ty of the lives of these
women. They seem
smart, articulate, and
remarkably composed


despite the fact that
they live in fear, with
the scars of their abuse
and the complete alien-
ation of their parents,
siblings, extended fam-
ily, and their own chil-
dren. Their strength
and bravery is remark-
able.

While many know that
women in Pakistan do
not fare much better
than in other Islamic
counties, the film does
not provide a contextu-
al background about
women's issues in
Pakistan. This would
have been useful, espe-
cially since Pakistan is
one of- two or three
counties once headed
by a woman prime min-
ister, Benazir ben
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Film: Honor
Killings
(continued from page 16)

abuse of women in
Pakistan. Amoung
these, the Pakistan
Human Rights
Organization addresses
thousands of cases of
honor killings every
year. The film shows a
press conference held
by the organization to
increase domestic and
international awareness
of the crimes. "They
run away because of the
violence ...... and
because they are mar-
ried off against their
will. Kubra's case is
just one example of the
honor killings that have
occurred and will
occur," said a spokes-
woman at the confer-
ence. According to the
200 Human Rights
Commission report,
227 women were killed
"in the name of honor"
that year. Mehboob
Ahmad Khan, speaker


at the commission, tells
the story of Kubra's
murder and repeats the
comments of the vic-
tim's family: "She
defiled our honor, and
that was unacceptable."

The combination of
,footage from the shelter,
the legal office and
scenes and interviews
from Kubra's village
and family make
"Against My Will" a
very powerful statement
against "honor killings."
The filmmaker does an
excellent job of using
the medium to facilitate
and give the film a qual-
ity that is outspoken and
poignant.

The film begins and
ends at a grave-possibly
Kubra's symbolic of the
ultimate finality of this
tradition, as well as the
only release from suffer-
ing many of these
Pakistani women may
find.


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40% and recorded over
81m transactions
during the same period.
Elsewhere in the the
Middle East, Kuwait
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continued from page 4
enjoyed by the children
while the adults enjoyed
visiting with each other.

Members gathered for a
club meeting and pot
luck supper on May 7,
2003 at the home of
Mrs. Alicia Hamauei.


Mid Winter
Conference
Appreciation
Dinner Held
(continued from pagel7
Country Club provided
an upscale setting and a
wonderful meal for all
to enjoy. Mid-Winter
Co-Chairmen Kamal
Zaher and Mary
Mowad Howell
thanked everyone for
their hard work and
reported on the suc-
cessful financial out-
come of the conference.
Federation Convention
Committee member
Ray Ceasar and his
wife "'Marian were the
clubs' special guests.
A scrapbook of the
Mid Winter
Conference was on
view for everyone to
enjoy.


Moises
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deputy president of the
American Federation of
Ramallah, Palestine.
He will fill that post this
year and will serve next
year as president of the
group, leading more
than 30,000 Christian
Palestinians living in the
United States in that
capacity.
Bateh, 56 has lived in
Jacksonville ever since
he came to American 50
years ago and said the
group has helped pre-
serve the cultural identi-
ty and community of
Palestinians living in the
United States.
"Without the federation,
we'd all be lost in this
country," Bateh said.
A national organization
with branches in cities
throughout the country,
the federation is
involved with various
charitable and cultural
causes. Among its
goals, are enhancing ties
among people connect-
ed to Ramallah and to
promote better under-
standing of the
Palestinian and Arab
political causes.


(continued from page 1
Ramallah, a city of
about 200,000 10 miles
north of Jerusalem, has a
historic Palestinian
Christian community
that started with five
brothers.
"Basically we are a fam-
ily, one family," Bateh
said. "We all have a
bloodline."
Bateh said the federation
is first and foremost an
American group, but
one that works to pro-
mote its culture.
"Our federation is an
American federation,
that's very important,"
Bateh said. "We are
100 percent Americans.
We definitely support
our heritage, too."
Bateh's goals for his
-time as head.of the fed-
eration include working
on health-related topics,
such as health insurance
for the group's members,
as well as expanding the
organization.
And although Bateh did
weigh in on the Israeli-
Palestinian peace
process, backing the so-
continued on page 19


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Pharmacist as leader
(continued from page 18


called "road map" to
peace and the removal
of West Bank settle-
ments, he said charitable
and community work is
the main purpose of the
group.

"We do promote the
other, causes...but I
mean our goal is the
charitable goal and to
continue the close rela-
tionship of our children
together," Bateh said.

John Rukab, a
Jacksonville business-
man who is friends with
Bateh and was himself
*recently elected to serve
on the board of directors
of the federation,
praised Bateh as "very
bright and intelligent
person." He said he and
Bateh's interest in work-
i.,,Vig the national

American Leba
Austin


The American Lebanon
Association held its
monthly meeting on
May 6, 2003. at St. Elias
Church Hall. Dagar's
Catering catered the
beef and chicken fajitas
and all the trimmings.
The Speaker was
Gerald Dougherty,
County Commission.
Albert and Donna


group sprouted from
their work with its local
chapter.

"We just feel like we've
done a great job in help-
ing revitalize our club
and we just feel that we
can do the same thing on
a national basis," Rukab
said.

Rukab also character-
ized the goal of the fed-
eration as more about
promoting community
than any political caus-
es.

"It's really kind -of
geared more around
involving the younger
people in our communi-
ties and teach them
about our customs and
cultures and every-
thing." Rukab said.

non Association
t, Texas
continued from page 4

Dagar will be consid-
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Their son and daughter,
Catherine and Fred are
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Assi dies at 76

on Beach Boulevard,
fed lunch to judges,
lawyers, businessmen
and politicians at his
establishment's round-
table for several
decades, was buried
yesterday in his native
Beirut, Lebanon.



Mr. Assi died there
early Sunday morning
of heart disease,
according to a nephew,
jacksonville pediatri-
cian John Assi.

He was 76.

Mr. Assi, who immi-
grated to t the United
States in 1958, came to
Jacksonville six months
later after falling in
love with Jacksonville
native Louise Abood.

The Assis had a sundry
store and then a bakery
on Pearl Street until
opening the Gold
Room in 1967 in the St.
Nicholas area.

The restaurant was
such a success it
allowed Mr. Assi to
bring about a dozen rel-
atives to Jacksonville


from Lebanon.

In the restaurant, a
roundtable sat up to 15
people, usually men
who- grilled each other
on politics, religion,
college football, family
finances and moral
upbringing, according
to a 1987 story in the
Jacksonville
Joumal.The Assis had
no children, the nephew
said. Louise Assi died
March 11, 1999, and
Mr. Assi decided to
retire to his native
Lebanon last July.

"Uncle Joseph was very
business-oriented, but
very generous and
good-natured," John
Assi said. "People
knew him for that.
Everybody was his
friend. His work was
his'life and'this favorite
thing was the round-
table in the restaurant
that was a favorite with
all, the politicians in
town. He supported
many a candidate for
political office, espe-
cially those of Arabic
descent."

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Assi of Jacksonville,
and a sister, Assine
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Deaths-Azar
(continued from page 2)
Azar, his parents, Peter
and Mary Azar Helow;
his brothers and sisters,
Joe, Philip, Jennie and
Rosie Helow and his
and grandson, Joseph
Scott Dickens.
He is survived by his
children, Raymond
(Sandra), Robert,
Joanne Dickens and
Joyce Barley (Gary), his
grandchildren,
Raymond, Philip, and
John Azar, Danielle
Azar, John and Joan
Dickens and Jean
Harvey, Shen, David
Installation
continued from page 4
Children's Research
Hospital and Chairman of
the St. Jude on the Bay in
Mobile, AL. Center row:
Parker Kahalley, Trustee;
Dr. Bassam Bassam, Ch.
ofthe Board for the
Mobile club and Vice
Pres. for the state of AL;
Sameh Dalati, Rec. Sec.;
Ann Sudeiha, Trustee;
Yvonne Garbiel, Sunshine
Comm Chairlady;
Rosemarie Leitner, Bd.
Member. Front row: Joan
Givens, wife of the presi-
dent; John Givens, Pres.;
Rosalie Zoghby, Past
Pres.; and Ruby T. Moore,
Corr. Sec.


and Steven Barley,
twelve great grandchil-
dren; his sister and
brother, Evelyn Leihaar
and George (Margaret)
Helow; his sisters-in-
law, Emily Helow, Mary
Helow, Marie Juro
(Leo), Dena Rahaim and
brother- in-law, Emil
Rahaim Nargis) and
many loving nieces and
nephews. The Rosary
was recited at
Assumption Catholic
Church with Father
Conrad Cowart,
Celebrant.
John's grandsons served
as pallbearers.
Al Zwan, Sr.
(continued from page 5
vinced the Foreign Minister
that Lebanese students
going to school should not
be charged for renewing
their passport, but be given
the renewal free.
He is survived by his wife,
Rose, a former Past
President; son, Dr. Bryan
Zwan (who was formerly
President of the Young
Adults for 2 years) and
wife, June; Clearwater,
Fla.; Rev. Al Zwan, Jr. and
wife, Darlene, Oldsmar,
FL; grandson, Ryan Zwan,
(former President of the
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H-Magazine, The Pulse
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waiting rooms of -area
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The glossy,. monthly
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Al Zwan, Sr.
(continued from page 5


Bradenton, FL; grand-
daughters, Chelsea Zwan,
Los Angeles, CA ,Amanda
and Kathryn Zwan,
Clearwater; brother,
Edward Zwan and wife,
Marilyn,. Fayetteville, NC;
sisters, Beatrice Shieldes
and husband, Dr. Berman
Shieldes; Shirley Kamel
and husband, Raymond,
Gladewater, TX; brother in
law, Harvey Campbell and
wifd sister in law Mrs. Rose
Campbell, Overland, KS;
numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins, other relatives and
friends. Visitation and
funeral Mass were held in
Houston on Thursday, May
8, 2003 with burial services
-in Tyler, Texas on May 9,
2003:


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Massabni
(continued from page 13)
the midst thereof
toward the east and
toward the west, and
there shall be a very
great valley; and half of
the mountain -'shall
remove toward the
north, and half of it
toward the south."

Then who is the Lord
Jesus really, that we
must put our trust in
EIim before we go to
hell unaware? Let us
read Psalm 18:6-10, 19-
21.

Tn my distress I called
upon the Lord, and
cried uito my God: he
heard my voice out of
his temple, and my cry:
came before him, even
into his ears. Then the
earth shook and trem-
b~e..d. ...g Juations
also of the hills moved
and were shaken,
because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke
out of his nostrils, and
fire out of his mouth
devoured: coals were
kindled by it. He bowed
the heavens also, and
came down: and dark-


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ness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a
cherub, and did fly: yea,
he did fly upon the
wings of the wind.

He brought me forth
also into a large place;,
he delivered me,
because he delighted in
me. The I,ord rewarded
me according to my
righteousness; accord-
ing to the cleanness of
my hands hath he rec-
ompensed me. For I
have kept the ways of
the Lord, and have not
wickedly departed from
my God.

Proverbs 8 :20-36. I
lead in the way of nght-
eousness, in the midst
of the paths of judg-
ment: That I may cause
those that love me to
inherit substance; and I
will fill their treasures.
The-Lord possessed me
in the beginning of his
way, before his works
of old I was set up from
everlasting, from the
. beginning, or ever the


earth was. When there
were no depths, I was
brought forth; when
there were no fountains
abounding with water.
Before the mountains'
were settled, before the
hills was I brought
forth: While as yet he.
had not made the earth,
nor the fields, nor the
highest part of the dust
of the world. When he
prepared the heavens, I
was there: when he set a
compass upon the face
of the depth: When he
established the clouds
above: when he
strengthened the foun-
tains of the deep: When
he gave to the sea his
decree. that the waters
should not. pass his
commandment: when
he appointed the foun-
dations of the earth:
Then I was by him, as
one brought up with
him: and I was daily his
delight, rejoicing
always bel'ore him;
Rejoicmg in the habit-

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Massabni
(continued from page 21)
able part of his earth;
and my delights were
with the sons of men.
Now therefore hearken
unto me, 0 ye children:
for blessed are they that
keep my ways. E lear
instruction, and be
wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that
heareth me, watchmg
daily at my gates, wait-
ing at the posts of my
doors. For whoso find-
eth me findeth life, and
shall obtain l'avour of
the Lord. But he that
sinneth against me
wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me
love death.


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heaven, or descended?
who hath gathered the
wind in his fists? who
hath bound the waters
in a garment? who hath
established all the ends
of the earth? what is his
name, and what is his
son's name, if thou
canst tell? [5] Every
word of God is pure: he
is a shield unto them
that put their trust in
him. [6] Add thou not
unto his words, lest he
reprove thee, and .thou
be found a liar."
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spake, and said unto his
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answered and said, Lo,
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continued on page 23


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CALIFORNIA


Massabni
(continued from page 22)
"Nicodemus answered
and said unto him, How
can these things be?
Jesus answered and said
unto him, Art thou a
master of Israel, and
knowest not these
things? Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, We speak
that we do know, and
testify that we have
seen; and ye receive not
our witness. If I have
told you earthly things,
and ye believe not, how
shall ye believe, if I tell
you of heavenly things?
And no man hath
ascended up to heaven,
but he that came down
from heaven, even the
Son of man which is in
heaven."

We see our Lord Jesus
was talking to this reli-
gious Jew and in the
mean tirne He is in
heaven. John 8:24 "I
said therefore urfto you,
that ye shall die in your
sins: for if ye believe
not that I am he, ye
shall die in your sins."
He is God. Tn the next


article, I will explain
clearly the Holy Trinity.

His servant,
Fred Massabni
1834 New Haven Rd
Jacksonville, FL.

Samaha
(continued, from page 13)
dral remains with the
title of its predecessor.
-Also in the Virgin-s
name is Stockton's
Cathedral of St. Mary of
the Annunciation.

The seminary erected by
Bishop Garcia Diego at
Mission Santa Inez in
1844 was dedicated to
Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It served the Diocese of
Both Californias for sev-
eral decades as a semi-
nary, and later as a
boarding school. Other
seminaries and religious
institutions bearing
Mary's name .in
California are
Immaculate Heart
Novitiate at Kentfield,
the Abbey of Our Lady
of New Clairvaux at
Vina, Immaculate Heart
of Mary in San Diego


and Queen of Angels in
San Fernando.

Devotion to the Mother
of God has always char-
acterized California's
Catholic heritage and
never waned. One inter-
esting early example
dates from May 7, 1873,
when Father Joachim
Adam wrote from
Mission Santa Cruz,
"The image of Our Lady
has been venerated in
this place for more than
fifty years, first in the
Old Mission- Church,
now in ruins, and since
July 4, 1858, in the new
frame church, on the
main altar. In 1870 I
built a lovely side chapel
in one of the towers of
the church (Holy Cross).
The image was taken in
solemn procession from
the main altar to the new
chapel March 25, 1870,
where it has been vener-
ated since with great
devotion by people of
every condition in life."

California's devotion to
Mary fills a lengthy
chapter all its own. Here
only brief mention has
indicated the promi-
nence of her role in the
life of the State of
California, once called
by the late Bishop
Merlin Guilfoyle, a
native San Franciscan,
"the state of grace."


Politeness
(3) Final
(continued from page 3)
to be polite.Politeness
should occur for a Muslim
in every day routine of life.
A Muslim should neither
be talkative nor silent.
Equally ,A Muslim should
neither be loud in voice
nor timid or half hearted.
With courtesy ,politeness
and cheerfulness, a
Muslim should bravely
carry on the struggle of
life. Politeness should save
a Muslim from unseemly.
wager and raise his/her
spirit to the resound deter-
mination.
Politeness should ,there-
fore be adopted as a way
of life both by Muslim
men and women. The
courteous attitude ,with a
smile ,will create cordiali-
ty in the society .Without
hatred or malice ,a world
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