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The Syrian Lebanese star ( February 1, 2006 )

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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:
February 1, 2006
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 )
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).

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Source Institution:
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:
UF00028363:00048

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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:
February 1, 2006
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).

Record Information

Source Institution:
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:
UF00028363:00048

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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY
SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE


$15.00 SUBSCRIPTION


Celebrating 44 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
www.syrianlebanesestar.com


XLIV #2 FEBRUARY 2006


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'Thanks and Giving' offers
hope to children everywhere


Mario Thomas with St. Jude pati
For children, the
holidays .are a magical
time. It's when dreams
can come true, and
presents often appear,


I.'d I Rather
The FIRST ANNUAL
SLAC of FL FISHING
EXPO was held on
Saturday, December 10,
2005 aboard the deep sea
fishing boat Ms.
Canaveral. The weather
was absolutely beautiful,
the food was good and the
seas. were mild. The
attendees were: Current
President Dr. Carlos


nts
which range from candy
and clothes to bicycles
and electronic gadgets.
For children
(continued on page 6


Be Fishing


Johary, Former President
Ray Gazil, Jonathon Aide,

(continued on page 7)


Mid- Winter 2006

Hosted by:
The Cedars of Lebanon Club
Jackson, Mississippi

Y'all Come, You Hear .

March 2 5-9 2006

Come enjoy:
Southern Hospitality
Smell of Magnolias and
The Best Dad-gum Catfish Ever

www.sfslac.org for registration forms
The Hilton Jackson
$89 per night
888-263-052-4 (Toll Free) 601)-957-2800 (Local)
SpecifN Group: Southern Federiaion of S\rian Lebanese CluIbs


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investment
company launched
in Sharjah
Sheikh Saqer bin
Ahmed bin Sultan Al
Qassimi has announced
the setting up of a private
equity investment
company The Group -
with a capital of Dh200M
($54.451M).
The new Sharjah-
based company will focus
(continued on page 7)


Con Artist Who
Targeted Muslims
Extradited To U.S.
Victims worldwide
urged to help
prosecutors build their
case
The Council on
American Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today
announced that an alleged
con artist who targeted
Muslims has been
extradited from Canada to
the United States to face
(continued on page 7)

World Bank's
Doing Business in
2006 Report:
The international
Finance Corporation of
the World Bank Group,
has issued Its annual
report, Doing Business in
2006; it evaluates
commercial transactions
In 155 countries. Saudi
Arabia was ranked 1st in
the Arab world and 38,
globally, up 29 notches,
followed by Kuwait, 2nd
(continued on page 9)


Chili's raises more than $3
million in national 'Create a
Pepper' campaign


Chili's Grill & Bar and
its patrons showed their
support for the lifesaving
mission of St. Jude in
September by helping to
raise more than $3 million


during the restaurant
chain's national fund-
raising campaign, "Create
a Pepper, to Fight
Childhood Cancer." This
(continued on page 8)


CAIR Issues Travel Advisory


Muslims
will be attending a
conference in Canada this
weekend or participating
in the upcoming Haj, or
pilgrimage to Mecca.
(The Hajj will take place
in the second week of
January. Some 10,000
American Muslims, go on
Hajj each year.)
(continued on page 9)


for U.S.
'Civil Rights
Hotline' created
for Hajj pilgrims,
Canada conference
attendees
A prominent national
Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today
issued a travel advisory
for Muslim citizens who


Lebanon, Where Shi'ites are
the largest and fastest growing
sect, will become an arena for
any foreign power struggles

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by Maronite Catholics the population, but only
and Sunriis, Shi'ites are hold 23 seats in the 128-
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I Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR February 2006


Bill Demetree
'Dies at 83
DEMETREE. This
community lost one of its
most beloved friends
today. William C.
Demetree, 83, was a "
devoted husband, father
and grandfather, a
decorated veteran and war i
hero,: who served' this
(continued on page 11)

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of Birmingham A club
that has served the
Federation for over 50
years and given the
Federation seven of its
presidents. It has hosted
midwinter conferences,
annual conventions and
supported the Scholarship
Program for the past
thirty-six years. In
February of2005, at this
year's mid-winter
conference, the club
broke all recent records
with more than 5 00
registrations.
The 2005 Woman of
the Year Gladys
Chehardy is a lady that
has given so much of her
time and energy to the
Federation and has been
very active in her local
club. Since 1945, she has
held the office of
secretary, vice-president
and president. She co-
chaired the 1988 annual
Federation convention,
served as the Federation
Secretary for 4 years- and
served as Scholarship
Director for 15 years. In
1985 our recipient was
chosen to serve as
chairperson of the Essay
Committee and after 20
years is still chairing that
committee. At general
assembly you will see her
handing out information,
state placards, voting
cards, and doing any other
task asked of her by her
Federation. She is one of
those treasured, unsung
heroes who works year


after year at the General
Assembly Meeting and
behind the scenes to make
every Grand Banquet a
very Special Affair.
The 2005 Man of the
Year Nick Poris is a man
who has distinguished
himself throughout his
(continued on page 13)


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Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR February 2006
God can do The eParents- Maplewo
anything...eve Emergence of Children Blind & Drape
n raise up a the Bible in Relationship Cutom Blinds, Ses, Draperie
husband from English (2) RER
a rock! How did, the Bible HOLY QURAN:
come to us in English? Prayer For a Son: By Dr. Qazi Muhammad
lie J, The Old Testament "My Lord grant me a Barkatullah
^- writings were inscribed in _, righteous son." (37:101) the Hearer of prayer"
We read in Proverbs Hebrew and other ancient "B"' Prayer For Offspring: (3:39)
Welanguages. We know thatJohn 1. "My Lord grant me 2. "Grant me from
3:1-6, 'My son, forget not .Rev. Fred Massabni languages. We know t hat Samaha, S.M. 1. My Lord grant me 2. "Grant me from
sn, forgt nt Rthe Good News was Srom Thyself pure Thyself a successorr"
my law; but let thine heart year old, wanted to five in e d e called the Latin Vulgate. from Thyself pu Th ysf successor.
passed on by word of offspring; surely, Thou art (continued on page 15)
keep my commandments; an apartment, expecting mouth immediately after In these pre-medieval pag
mouth immediately after
For length of days, and to have a happier life than times- all writings were
long life, andpeace, shal the death, resurrection tim all wri s
long life, and peace, shall to continue living with and ascension of Jesus copied by hand.
and ascension of Jesus hn
they add to thee. Let not her parents who love her. y d s lr The whole of the .---
Christ. Only decades later
mercy and truth forsake Living away from your Holy Bible did not appear "
was the oral tradition put
thee: bind them about thy parents because of your into written form, n English until the
neck; write them upon the disobedience will not primarily Greek. Bythe middle of the second sPg4"
primarily mn Greek. By the ia l
table of thine hertt: So solve your problems. The millennium. It was a slow
'fifth century St. Jerome
,shalt thou find favour and problem is within ard troubled
had translated the Bible 'jawe-fsi
"good understanding in the yourself. It is the into Latin. This was (continued on page 14)
sight of God and man. beginning .of a greater
Trust in the Lord with all problem by disobeying L U X E L O U N G E -- RNED
thine heart; and lean not God, your Maker. When
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Page 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR February 2006
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A Message
from the
President
What an honor it is to
be elected President of the
Southern Federation of
Syrian Lebanese
American Clubs, Inc! I
am very humbled by your
faith in my leadership
ability.
To be leading this great
organization into its 75th


year places an even
greater challenge on me
(continued on page 16)


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FLORIDA / GEORGIA


2005 Scholarship
Awards


Mark Joseph
Son of John and Joann Joseph
Cedars Phoenician Club
Birmingham, Alabama
The Metrolina Phoenician Club Schol
Donor: Metrolina Phoenician Club,
Charlotte, North Carolina


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The Star is published once per month by A.M. Coplan. The Star is an independent
monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 40 years.
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For Advertising Information Write P.O.Box 5545
Jacksonville, Florida 32247 Phone (904) 737-6996
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Please send your letters, news stories, pictures and club activities to
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA


St Jude Thanks
(continued from page 1)
undergoing treatment for
catastrophic diseases such
as cancer, the holiday
season has far deeper
significance. Many
families are enjoying a
time .they thought they
might not have had with
each other. Thanks to the
ongoing work of St. Jude
Children's Research
Hospital', more and more
families are afforded such
an opportunity. For
others, sadly, this is the
last holiday they have
with their precious child.
And at St. Jude, that is
unacceptable.
That's why in 2004, St.
Jude National Outreach
Director Marlo Thomas
helped launch a new
initiative to raise funds
and awareness for the
hospital. Called Thanks
and Giving, the program
unites consumers and
retailers in a common
goal during the hectic
holiday season: to help St.
Jude save the lives of
children in every
community. On Nov. 21,
Thanks and Giving
returned for 2005 to ask
people all over the
country to" show thanks
for the children in their
lives who are healthy and
to give to those who are
not.


Nearly all the
companies that
participated in the
campaign last year have
returned. CVS/pharmacy,
Domino's Pizza, Kay
Jewelers, 7-Eleven,
Target, The Walt Disney
Co. and many others have
continued their
partnerships. And new
partners such as Williams-
Sonoma Ind. and Sears
have come on board to
help broaden the appeal
and introduce as many
people as possible to the
St. Jude mission. Thomas
said raising national
awareness about the
hospital is one of the key
roles of the Thanks and
Giving program.
But in addition to
awareness, St. Jude is also
hoping to raise funds to
continue its lifesaving
work. Right now it costs
$1,027,832 a day to
operate St. Jude. "We've
become the third largest
health-care charity'in the
United States, after
American Heart and
American Cancer, and our
success is built on public
support. Thanks and
Giving creates a broad
.national public outreach
at a key time of the year,"
Thomas said.
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awareness and fund
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Thomas' celebrity friends
have also rejoined the
campaign. Returning
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Williams, Antonio
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and Sarah Jessica Parker.
And new to the 2005
campaign are country
artist Faith Hill and
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help bring excitement,
star power and attention
to St. Jude. But that's not
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considering its founder
was one of the most
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"It's always been that
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"When my father started
St. Jude, the stars of his
time Frank Sinatra, Bob
Hope, Sammy Davis Jr.
and Ella Fitzgerald -
helped him raise the funds
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St. Jude has grown
tremendously since the
hospital first opened its
doors in 1962. Thomas
said Danny would be
proud of the work the
hospital has done and
what it will be able to do
with Thanks and Giving
as a tool.
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letting more moms and
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NORTH CAROLINA / SOUTH CAROLINA


Con Artist
(continued from page 1)
federal charges. CAIR also
called on victims of the
"stranded traveler" scam to
provide information that
.may be forwarded to
prosecutors in the case.
Mohammed Agbareia
made an initial appearance
Monday in U.S. District
Court in Alabama on
charges of wire fraud and
conspiracy to commit wire
fraud. FBI officials say a
co-defendant, .Zouhair
Hissy, was arrested in
Canada on January 4. The
two men were indicted by'
a federal grand jury in
Mobile, Ala., for trying to
bilk a local Islamic center
out of $1500 using a scam
that relied on the Islamic
tradition of helping
travelers in distress.
The alleged con-artist's
primary method of
operation was to place
phone calls claiming to be
a \\ellknown Muslim
leader. official or scholar.
stranded at an airport after
his money, passport and
tickets had been stolen or
lost. He would d ask the
intended victim, typically a
leader or activist in a local
Muslim community to
wire cash through
Mone\Gram or Western
Union to help him out of
the crisis. After receiving
the .funds, he would
disappear.
In Ma\ of last year.
CAIR called on Canadian
authorities to apprehend
and extradite Agbareia and


Hissy. CAIR said it has
been receiving reports
about Agbareia's scam for
many years and had issued
a number of alerts to the
Muslim community in this
country and worldwide.
Agbareia, who is
apparently an Israeli
citizen, was arrested in
2002 -by Canadian
authorities but was later
released.
"All those individuals
and institutions targeted in
the 'stranded traveler' con
should now provide
information to prosecutors
so they can build their case
based on the evidence built
up over almost 20 years,"
said CAIR Executive
Director Nihad Awad.
Over the years, Awad
and CAIR worked with
law enforcement
authorities in a number of
countries in an effort to
bring the alleged con
artists to justice. He said
Muslims worldwide have
been defrauded of
hundreds of thousands,
perhaps millions, of
dollars.
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REQUESTED: All those
who believe they were
targeted by the "stranded
traveler" scam should send
information about their
case to: Special Agent Tom
Montgomery, FBI Mobil,
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Chili's
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said Todd Diener,
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save children."
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900 participating Chili's
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displayed throughout the
restaurants to recognize
the donors' support for St.
Jude. In addition, Chili's
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profits from Sept. 26 to
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Islamic conference in
Canada. Many American
Muslim will attend that
same conference this year,
"Americans of all
faiths should be free to
travel without fear of
being singled out based
solely on their religious
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World Bank
(continued from page 1)
in the Arab World and
47th internationally,
Oman, 3rd Arab-wide and
51st globally. Other Arab
countries, results were:
Tunisia 58th, UAE 69th,
Jordan 74th, Yemen 90th,
Lebanon 95th, Morocco
102nd, Iraq 114th, Syria
121st, West Bank and
Gaza Strip 125th, Algeria
128th, Egypt 141st. Saudi
Arabia's ranking
exceeded many countries
like France, Italy and
Portugal.
D.C., switchboard. After
hours, a recording will
give cell phone numbers
for CAIR civil rights staff.
CAIR's Civil Rights
Department may also be
reached by e-mailing:
civilrights@cair-net.org
(CAIR's "Your Rights and
Responsibilities as an
American Muslim"
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distributed at the Toronto
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Shi'ites
(continued from page 1)
member parliament.
Friction with the Sunnis,
who :hold the prime
ministry under the
country's complex
confessional system, has
increased since the 14
February assassination of
former Prime Minister
Rafiq Hariri, a Sunni who
was frequently at odds
with the Syrian-backed
Hizbullah, and the
subsequent withdrawal of
Syrian forces under
intense international
pressure. With Syria's
support seriously eroded,
Hizbullah is under
growing pressure, within
Lebanon: and without, to
disarm and end its conflict
with Israel.
"Hizbullah has many
reasons to resist
disarmament, but one of
them is its reluctance to
cede the most significant
instrument of Shi'ite
domestic power," says


Beirut-based political
commentator Michael
Young, "The party wants
a new Lebanon where
political power reflects
demographic reality, ...
Even some Shi'ites who
do not support Hizbullah
fear that its disarmament
would be the first step in
an effort to return the
community to its past
secondary status."
Support for Hariri's
family and political
movement, now led by his
son Saad, is likely to be
directed at countering
Hizbullah's political
ambitions that are fuelled
by Iran. That will make
Lebanon, which fought a
1975-90 civil war that
was widely funded by
rival regional powers, an
arena for any foreign
power struggles. The
Americans too want to
keep Iranian influence out
of Lebanon, primarily to
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assassination and the
subsequent Syrian
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Christians numerically on
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Shi'ite divide has gained
primacy.. The fear is that
the country will suffer by
proxy for the contending
ambitions of those
countries playing off its
religious cleavages,"
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Hizbullah is worried
about an alliance between
Lebanese Sunnis and their
co-religionists in Syria,
where, they are the
majority. There are many
Sunni groups who would
be happy to underwrite
any venture that would
put Sunnis in control in


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can tell, but the rise of the
Shi'ites will grow to
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Bill Demetree
(continued from page 2)
country and fought
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Medal, a Purple Heart, the.
Bronze Star, Air Medal
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plane. He was always
there to lend a- helping
hand whether in war or
peace time, abroad or.
right here at home with
Iis friendship and love.
"Bill Demetree grew up
in Tallahassee, attended
Georgia- Institute of
Technology .before
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II and upon completion of


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to Tallahassee. He knew
that returning servicemen
would need homes for
their families and he
envisioned the
construction of afford
able homes for them. Bill
was in various
development projects
with his cousin Jack A.
Demetree and his brother
Jack C. Demetree. That
was the beginning, the
rest is history. He was a
builder, whether it was
houses, offices,
apartments, hotels,
downtown high rises or
luxury resorts. He moved
from Tallahassee to
Jacksonville and then to
Orlando in 1962.
The name Demetree is
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Bill Demetree
(continued from page 11)
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of the Year Award from
Man in the Mirror and in
2002 was awarded
Ambassador of the Year
by Legatus. Bill was also
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of St. Charles and was a
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the Holy Sepulchre of
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ALSAC CEO
(continued from page 12)
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National Association of
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Lawyers and the
Pennsylvania Association
of Criminal Defense


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charitable organizations.
In 2002, Moses
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Medal of Honor for his
achievements. He was
recently awarded the
Distinguished Citizen
Award from the Boy
Scouts of America, the
Pennsylvania Criminal
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


Massabni
(continued from page 13)
McCalley Water Street
Mission for Alcoholics in
downtown New York
whiph required that I
travel from New Jersey to
New York weekly for a
few years. Once I needed
someone-, to play 'the
piano. I called one of the
churches I knew\ and a
lady answered. I asked her
if she could go with us to
New York to play the'
piano and she was more
,than happy to do so. On
our way she said, "Would
you advise me to go to
Moody Bible Institute to
become a missionary and
then go to the mission
field or not?" I said,-
"Barbara. are you going
overseas to serve the Lord
Jesus or to find .a
husband? Tell the truth."
She laughed and said,
"For both." Then I asked
if her parents \were alive
and she said yes. I asked if
-they were saved and she
said no. I asked if she had
brothers and sisters and
she indicated she did. I
asked if the\ were sa\ed
and she said the\ were
not. I said, "Barbara. do


Samaha
(continued from page 3)
accomplishment. The
production of the Bible
emerged from a
complicated past filled
with intrigue and
controversy, persecution
and martyrdom. What
happened?


not go. Your ministry and
your responsibility are
your family." She then
said, "Please. don't be
hard on me. How about a
husband?" Then I became
a little angry. at her and
said roughly, "Don't you
know that God can raise a
husband for you even
tonight from these
rocks?" I repeated it
twice; she laughed with
my wife and she said,
"Tonight? From the rock?
From an alcoholic?" I
said. "God is able. Just
trust Him." When we got
there at 7:00 P.M., I rang
the bell. A young pastor
opened the door saying,
"Rev. Massabni, we are
waiting for you to pray."
Then I looked at Barbara
and said, "This is the
man." She was amazed
and could not believe
what I said. Again after
the prayer I said to her,
"This is the man." After
the service we entered.
another room for coffee
and some sweets. They sat
next to each other and
after a few minutes, she
said to me. "How
marvelous is our God and
ho\~ excellent is His


At best. translation is a
difficult and tricks task.
An Italian adage sa)s the
translator is a traitor. In
those early times it was a
matter of life and death
embroiled in historical.
cultural, political, and
religious clashes. But
from that turmoil in those
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Christian college together
years ago. He was very
thin and I was very fat.
Now he is fat and I am
thin." To make the story
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said, '"This year on
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my wife and I did." She
said, "It is OK with me;
but let me ask Joe and I
will let you know
tomorrow?' The wedding
was on Christmas Day.
You should have seen
when the congregation
heard her story. Ever one
was amazed and began to
praise lhe Lord of
Heaven. A few teenagers


were saying, "We wish,
too, to get a husband from
a rock."
Our rock is Jesus
Christ. He is our Good
Shepherd and our Friend.
Just trust Him. He is alive
today and says
whatsoever we ask of the
Father in His name He
will do. Praise the Lord
for His love and work in
our lives.
Teenagers, do you
know that God planned
our lives from. before the
foundation of the world,
He sat on His throne
watching,: rejoicing for
His foreknowlledge and
His \\ isdom- I advise you:
do not with any unsaved;
do not let the devil fool
you; ask your .parents,
your pastor, and his wife
to be sure that this is
God's will for you- Then
get serious. Our problem
today is that we want our
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Samaha
(continued from page 14)
tumultuous times by dint
of persevering and
dedicated scholars the
first English translations
saw light of day. Briefly,
this is what happened.
Christianity arrived on


Barkatullah
(continued from page 3)
(19:6)
3. "My Lord, leave me
not alone and Thou art the
best of inheritors" (21:90)
4. "And Allah knew
best of what she was
delivered and the male she
desired to have was not
like the female she was
delivered of." (3:37) F.N.:
Allah knows the best about
parents being Blessed with
a son or a daughter. (Eng.
Com. Ref.No.402)


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the shores of England in
the seventh century in the
person of St. Augustine of
Canterbury and the
missionary efforts that
followed. Already at that
time Caedmon, an
illiterate herdsman, sang
the Good News in Anglo-
Saxon poetry. In the next


5. "To Allah belongs the
kingdom of heavens and
the earth. He Creats what
he Pleases. He Bestows
daughters upon whom He
Pleases and He Bestows
sons upon whom He
Pleases. Or He mixes them
males and females, and He
Makes whom He Pleases
barren. Surely, He is All-
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biblical translations of
sorts. Bishop Aldheim of
Sherboure translated the
psalms. St. Bede, a monk
of Jarrow who told the
story of Caedmon,
translated some of the
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darkens with inward
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F.N: Disbelievers feel
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become grieved when a
daughter is born to them.
(Eng Com
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7. "Our Lord make
both of us submissive to
Thee and, make of our
offspring a people
submissive to Thee.
And show us our ways
of worship and turn to us
with Mercy; Thou art Oft--


appeared translations of
the Ten Commandments,
the Pentateuch, the
Gospels, and the Acts. of
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followed interlinear
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with English translations
between the lines.


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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Barkatullai
(continued from page 15)
prayers, and my children
too. Our Lord Bestow Thy
Grace on me and accept
my prayer." (14:41)
Advice to Son:
1. "0 my dear son!
Associate not partner with
Allah Surely, associating
partners with Allah is a
grievious wrong" (31:14)
2." 0 my dear son,
even though it be the
weight of grain-of mustard
seed and even though it


be in a rock, or in heavens
or in the earth Allah will
surely bring it out. Verily
Allah is the Knower of the
most hidden secrets, and is
All-Aware." (31:17)
3. '0 my dear son, 0
bserve prayer and enjoin
good and forbid evil, and
endure patiently whatever
may befall thee. Surely,
this is of those matters
which require high
resolve" (31:18)
4. "And 0 my dear son,
turn not thy cheek away


from men in scorn, nor
walk in the earth haughtily,
Allah loves not any
arrogant boaster. (31:20)
5. "And 0 my dear son,
walk thou at a moderate
pace and lower thy voice;
verily, the most hateful of
voices is the braying of the
ass." (31:20)
6. "Noah cried to his
son: 0 my son embark with
us and be not with the
disbelievers." (11:43)
7. Abraham enjoined
upon his sons, and Jacob


also, saying: to my sons,
truly Allah has chosen this
religion (Islam: Complete
Submission to Gdd, for
you; so let not death
overtake you except when
you are in a state of
complete submission to
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Vice Pres. Message
(continued from page 4)
and their committees for
working to give us such an
enjoyable time.
Congratulations also go
to Gladys Chehardy,
Woman of the Year; Nick
Poris, Man of the Year;
Cedars Phoenician Club of
Bimiingham, Club of the
Year; Clara Martinous
(Amira), Youth of the Year
and all the Scholarship
winners. A big thank you
goes to the Convention


Committee: Ray Caesar,
Sharon Benson and Bill
Frank.
I am honored to have
been elected Vice President
and thank you for placing
your trust and confidence
in me. As Vice President,
one of my main
responsibilities is that of
membership. In that regard,
to keep our culture and
heritage alive and strong
for another 75 years we
need your help!
The Federation is


Scholarships
(continued from page 5)


Wasam Keesh
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(Endowment)
Donor: Family and Friends of Nozera Hage Macey '


healthy, but we must work
to keep it that way. Get a
relative or friend involved
by giving a Student,
Individual or Associate
Membership for Christmas,
Birthday or for special
occasions. Or you can
invite them to join your
local club. Students, $25 (4
years) and
Individual/Associate, $35
(1 yr.)
If your club is having a
function and would like a
visit, please contact me.


I'm already scheduling
some events. I would love
to come by and say hello!
Lastly, I have already
spoken with some of you
about' your ideas and
suggestions for the
Federation. I urge you to
contact me about YOUR
ideas. You have the
solutions. Or, if you have
any concerns or problems,
or just want to chat, please
contact me.
Irv Shwary, Vice
President


Juliana Joseph
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Amanda, John and Joseph Daho
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Scholarships
(continued from page 17)


Kristen Greer
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Hamra-Homra Club
Nashville, Tennessee
Gift for Knowledge Award



Eli Hakim
Son of Joseph and Randa Hakim
Salaam Club
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Fouad Helou Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Rose Zwan


Rachel Keng
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Cedars of Lebanon Club
Jackson, Mississippi
Young Adults Affiliate Scholarship
Donor: Young Adults Club


Jessica Elkourie
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The Phoenician Club
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Jacob William Jorishie, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Dr. J.W. "Jake" Jorishie, Jr.
Salaam Club of Jacksonville Scholarship
Donor: SALEA Club of Jacksonville, Florida

Yousef Essaili
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George Korkmas Honorary Scholarship
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Walid Malouf
(continued from page 18)
public and millions of
people ri\ ing in countries
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-transition. The total
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years from $8 billion to $
14 billion. You can clearlN
see the commitment of
our Administration
toward a better way of life
for all human beings
around the world..
These goals are being
pursued as well in the
Broader Middle East and
North Africa through
USAID programs in
Afghanistan, Pakistan.
Egypt. Iraq. Israel.
Jordan, Lebanon.
Morocco. Palestine and
Yemen. Our 2005 budget
for the broader Middle


East and North Africa was
$3.7 billion. Breaking it
do\\n by countries,
Afghanistan has benefited
%with $1.514 billion, in
Egypt $531 million. Iraq
$700 million, Jordan $350
million, Lebanon $40
.million, Morocco $26
million. Pakistan $300
million, West Bank &
Gaza $220 million and
Yemen $15 million. I also
must add that USAID
helped with more than
$750 million ,in
humanitarian assistance,
which has saved countless
lives in "the Sudan
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have a commitment and
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hope, in their desire for
peace, in their right to
freedom, the peoples of
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exactly like you and me.
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for too long. And \%e \\ill
do all in our po\\er to help
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liberty "
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Easterners in support of
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