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The Latest Victim of Hate Crimes Against Arab Americans Is Lebanese Khalid Jabara

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A 37-year old Lebanese man called Khalid Jabara was shot dead yesterday by his neighbor, 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors. Majors was just released from prison and had a long history of criminal charges and racial slurs against the Jabara family. He ran over Khalil’s mother few months ago, got arrested and then was released on bail with no conditions on his bond – no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing.

Here’s what Victoria Jabara Williams said about her brother’s murder:

I ask that you share this FB post throughout the community for the murder of my brother, Khalid Jabara so you can be outraged, just as we are outraged. I want to shed light and bring awareness to the negligence that occurred from the first moment the neighbor..this monster.. called our family ‘Dirty Arabs’, to the time he ran over my mother with his car, to the two Protective Order violations,and our constant vigilance to communicate and be proactive with the DA’s, to the fact that they let him out of jail after 8 months, to the fact that my brother called the police to explain to them that we were scared because we heard he had a gun, to the fact that the police left, saying they could do nothing, and, 30 minutes later….the fact that the criminal walked up to my brother and shot him on his front porch.
At the end of the day, my beautiful brother had a heart like no other. Sensitive to the core, he loved others so much and wanted to be loved back. I’ll miss his jokes (I stole all my jokes from him!), his love for all things electronic, his love for my mom and dad, Rami, and his tenderness towards his nieces. This angel will be missed. Love you, Khalid.

The police had already received over 20 calls since 2015 from Jabara’s residence about Majors. He was a known danger, he was sentenced to prison in 2009 for threatening to terrorize Los Angeles, he sexually and racially harassed Jabara’s mother in 2013, he broke Khalid’s mother’s shoulder & ankle in 2015 and yet somehow he was released on bail only after 8 months in prison.

Khalid death could have easily been prevented as the police knew this man was fixated on the family for a long time and had already ran over the mother last year. This is not the first hate crime against Arab-Americans and definitely won’t be the last.

PS: Dear DailyStar, Is “Oklahoma man shoots dead ‘filthy Lebanese’ neighbor” the best title you could have come up with?

Waking Up To A Horrific Terror Attack in Nice

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I got back home around 10:30 PM yesterday and was chatting with a close friend of mine in Nice while watching the Jounieh fireworks. An hour later, he sent me a text that someone opened fire on the crowd and that it’s chaos. I was half asleep so I thought it was a joke at first or some isolated incident and just fell back asleep.

This morning, I wake up and see tens of my friends marking themselves safe in Nice on Facebook and realize what happened. A truck rammed into the crowd killing over 80 people and injuring hundreds. Luckily my friends were all safe but they were all traumatized by the attack.

Ironically enough, I was just telling my friend the other day that he’s lucky to be on a vacation and to enjoy his time while we are working our asses off back here. In all cases, I’m glad they are safe and and I’m very sorry for the people whose friends and loved ones didn’t make it last night.

This is the last exchange I had with my friend and the video he sent me minutes before the attack.

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[YouTube]

Tripoli School Teacher Beats Up Student, Breaks Two Fingers

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I still can’t believe these things still happen in Lebanese schools. The kid was apparently beaten up, taken to the hospital and the mother was told that he “fell accidentally” and injured himself. I can’t confirm the details yet but the Education Minister has to investigate what happened and fire that teacher and the principal if the story is confirmed.

After Two Years, We Finally Have a Lebanese President … in Brazil

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Michel Temer has officially become acting President in Brazil after the Senate suspended Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. The 75 year old vice-president of Lebanese origins “was a key figure in the recent upheaval”.

Who is Michel Temer?
– He has been Brazil’s Vice President since 2011.
– He is president of Brazil’s largest party, the PMDB.
– He has always been known as the “kingmaker, but never the king, having helped form coalitions with every president in the past two decades”.
– He outlined in a recent WhatsApp recording leaked in April that Brazil needed a “government to save the country”.
– He has family roots in the village of Btaaboura in Lebanon, where there is a “Temer Street”.

Temer is seen as as a potential savior for Brazil’s woeful economy. I am not so sure about that but at least Brazil has a president.

3a2bel 3anna 🙂

Beirut Results Are in! At Least 40% voted for Beirut-Madinati

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Beirut-Madinati has indeed lost but the big surprise is that the difference in votes was around 15,000 only!

It is also worth noting that the difference was 7,156 votes between Elie Yahchouchi (39,089) who got the least votes on the Beirutis List and Ibrahim Mneimneh (31,939) the head of the Beirut Madinati list. Nadine Labaki got 31,738 votes and was 7,351 from breaching the Beirutis list. Also Beirut-Madinati managed to get twice as many votes as the Beirutis List in Beirut’s first electoral district.

Let’s keep in mind that Beirut-Madinati was up against everyone currently in power.

Thank you Beirut-Madinati!

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Beirut Madinati Candidates Announced – Nadine Labaki on The List

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Beirut Madinati just announced today at 4PM their candidates’ list for the Beirut Municipal elections at Ain el Mraisse in Beirut. Half men, Half women including technocrats, social activists and Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki.

To be honest, I am not familiar with most of the names on the list but I’m sure they will add soon a small bio for every candidate on their website. If you missed my post on Beirut-Madinati, check it out [here].

Here’s the full list:

President of the list: Ibrahim Mneimne رئيس اللائحة المهندس ابراهيم منيمنه
VP: Tarek Ammar نائب رئيس اللائحة طارق عمار
Ahmad Kaabour احمد قعبور
Amal Sharif امال شريف
Iman el Hassan Ghandour ايمان الحسن غندور
Houssam Hawa حسام حوا
Rana el Khoury رنا الخوري
Rita Maalouf ريتا معلوف
Serge Yazeji سيرج يازجي
Abdel Halim Jaber عبد الحليم جبر
Farah Kobeissi فرح قبيسي
Carole Chebli Tueni كارول شبلي تويني
Livon Telfizian ليفون تلفزيان
Mark Jaara مارك جعاره
Maria Manoug ماريا مانوك
Marwan El Taibi مروان الطيبي
Mona Hallak منى الحلاق
May el Daouk مي الداعوق
Nadine Labaki نادين لبكي
Najib el Deek نجيب الديك
Nada Al Dalal Doughan ندى الدلال دوغان
Nada Sehnaoui ندى صحناوي
Walid El Alami وليد العلمي
Yorgui Tayrouz يوركي تيروز

Yorgui Teyrouz: The Man Behind DSC Lebanon Running With Beirut Madinati

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I learned this afternoon that Yorgui Teyrouz, a civil rights activist, the founder of Donner Sang Compter Lebanon and a good friend of mine, is running on the Beirut Madinati list for the Beirut municipal elections.

What Yorgui has accomplished in the past few years is quite astonishing. He has been working relentlessly and has sacrificed everything to make Donner Sang Compter work and help save the lives of thousands of Lebanese in need of blood. Just to give you an idea of the work DSC Lebanon has done in the past 5 years, they were able to recruit more than 15,000 blood donors, 250+ committed volunteers and saved more than 50,000 lives.

Best of luck to you Yorgui and you can surely count on my support!

If you haven’t heard yet about Beirut Madinati and why I support it, here’s a [post] I wrote few days ago. If you wish to help, feel free to volunteer [here], follow them on [Facebook], [Twitter] and subscribe to their [YouTube] channel.

World-Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65

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The world-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid has dies aged 65. She had a heart attack today while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. Hadid is considered the world’s top female architect and is well known for her futuristic designs. She is the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first woman to win the Design Museum (the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre) Design of the Year Award and the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, Britain’s top architecture prize.

Zaha Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut and received an Honorary Degree in 2004 from AUB. The Zaha Hadid Architects’ AUB Issam Fares Institute, which serves as an international think-tank for Middle Eastern affairs, was listed among the 9 best new university buildings around the world. Beirut Souks’ Department Store is also under design by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid will be dearly missed as a role model for young generations of architects, men and women.

AUB Issam Fares Institute

Valrhona Easter Contest 2016: Lebanese Pierre Abi Hayla Wins 1st Prize

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Pierre Abi Hayla, from LE NOIR Atelier Du Chocolat, took part at the Valrhona Easter Contest 2016 and won the first prize. His Easter egg, “Egstrate” (Egg + strata which means geological layer), consists of seven layers of chocolate and includes Valrhona’s four colors (white, milk, dark and Dulcey).

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Valrhona is a French premium chocolate maker and is considered one of the best chocolate manufacturers on the planet. Valrhona focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for commercial use by chefs as well as for private consumption. You can find Valrhona in high-end supermarkets in Lebanon.

eggs1 Eggs by Yoann Rolland (France) and Amanda Snouffer (USA)

If you are interested, check out the rest of the eggs submitted. They’re all handcrafted and are quite amazing!