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December 01, 2006




I am sending you a present:

"The Roosevelt's were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (Originally named
Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano,
FDR's mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews.

Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating
into "son of a Jew.") As well, all 3 of the women he married were Jewish.

Dwight Eisenhower's father was a Swedish Jew and was so identified in the
West Point Yearbook of 1915.


1. Lillian Friedman married Cruz Rivera. They named their baby Geraldo
Miguel Rivera.(Funny, it doesn't sound Jewish.) Since, according to Jewish
law, anyone born to a Jewish mother is Jewish, Geraldo Rivera is Jewish. As
were, among others: Fiorello Laguardia, Winston Churchill and Cary Grant, as
explained below.

2. Fiorello Laguardia's mother's name was Jacobson. His father was not
Jewish. Laguardia spoke seven languages -- including Hebrew and Yiddish -

3. Winston Churchill's mother's name was Jenny Jerome.

4. Cary Grant's mother, Elsie, was Jewish. His father, Elias Leach, was not.
Grant's original name was Archibald Alexander Leach. (Robin Leach is his
first cousin).

5. Peter Sellers' mother, Margaret Marks, was Jewish. His father, Bill
Sellers, was Protestant. Peter's real name is Richard Henry Sellers.

6. David Bowie's mother is Jewish, his father is not. One of Bowie's album
covers discusses his Jewish ancestry. His real name: David Stenton Haywood

7. Robert DeNiro's mother is Jewish; his father is not.

8. Shari Belafonte's mother is Jewish. Her father, Harry, has a Jewish

9. Olivia Newton John's Jewish grandfather was a Nobel Prize winning

10. Harrison Ford's mother is Russian Jewish, his father is Irish Catholic.


Fact: The first theater to be used solely for the showing of motion pictures
was built by a Jew (Adolf Zukor).

Fact: The first full-length sound picture, The Jazz Singer was produced by
the Jewish Samuel L. Goldwyn &Louis B. Mayer (MGM).

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Abraham Waksman) coined the term antibiotics.

Fact: A Polish Jew (Casimir Funk) who pioneered a new field of medical
research gave us a word now common in our language -- vitamins.

Fact: The first successful operation for appendicitis was performed by a
Jewish surgeon (Dr. Simon Baruch)

Fact: The doctor (Dr. Abraham Jacobi) hailed as America's father of
pediatrics was a Jew.

Fact: Until a Jewish doctor (Dr. Siccary) showed differently, Americans
believed the tomato was poisonous.

Fact: Jewish Levi "Levi's" Strauss (inventor of jeans) is the largest
clothing retailer in the world.

Fact: In 1909, four Jews were among the 60 multi cultural signers of the
call to the National Action, which resulted in the creation of the NAACP.

Fact: A Jew (Emile Berliner) is the man who developed the modern day
phonograph. While Thomas Edison was working out a type of phonograph that
used a cylinder as a record, Berliner invented a machine that would play a
disc. The machine he patented was called the gramophone, and the famous RCA
trademark is a picture of a dog listening to "his master's voice" on
Berliner's device. The gramophone was superior to Edison's machine. In
short, Emile Berliner made possible the modern record industry. His company
was eventually absorbed by the Victor Talking Machine Company, now known as

Fact: Jewish Louis B. Mayer (MGM) created the idea for the Oscar.

Fact: European Jews are the founding fathers of all the Hollywood Studios.

Fact: Jews comprise a mere 1/4 of 1% (13 million) of the population (6

Fact: 99% of the world is non Jewish.

Fact: Three of greatest &most influential thinkers dominating the 20th
century were Jewish - Einstein, Freud, and Marx.

Fact: The most popular selling Christmas song ("White Christmas") was
written by a Jew. (Irving Berlin)

Fact: Of the 660 Nobel prizes from 1901 - 1990, 160 have been won by Jews.
In the end, Jews win more Nobel prizes than any other ethnicity. They win
40x more than should be expected of them, based upon their small population

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Jonas Salk) is the creator of the first Polio Vaccine.

Fact: Jews (Hayam Solomon &Isaac Moses) are responsible for creating the
first modern banking institutions.

Fact: Jews also created the first department stores of the 19th century: The
Altmans, Gimbels, Kaufmanns, Lazaruses, Magnins, Mays, Strausses became
leaders of major department stores. Julius Rosenwald revolutionized the way
Americans purchased goods by improving Sears Roebuck's mail order
merchandising. Hart, Schaffner, Marx, Kuppenheimer and Levi Strauss became
household names in men's clothing. (Let's not forget EJ Korvets -Eight
Jewish Korean (war) Veterans).

Fact: Jewish Marc Chagall (born Segal, Russia) is one of the great 20th
century painters.

Fact: English Jewish financiers such as Isaac Goldsmid, Nathan Rothschild,
David Salomons, and Moses Montefiore, whose fortunes helped England become an empire.

Fact: In 1918, Detroit, a Jew (Max Goldberg) opened the "first" commercial
parking lot.

Fact: In 1910, a Jew (Louis Blaustein) and his son opened the "first" gas
station, eventually founding AMOCO OIL. One of the richest oil families in
the world.

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Albert Sabin) developed the first "oral polio vaccine."

Fact: A Jew (Steven Spielberg) is the most successful filmmaker since the
advent of film.

Fact: A Jewish poet's (Emma Lazarus) famous poem,"give me your tired ..
Your poor. your huddled masses," appears as the inscription on the Statue Of

Fact: Jewish Harry Houdini (Weiss) is the father of Magic/Illusion.

Fact: Dr. Sigmund Freud (Jew) is the father of psychiatry.

Fact: Jewish Abraham is the father of the world's 3 major religions:
Judaism, Christianity &Islam (ancestors of the Hebrew &Arabic peoples).
Jesus (formerly known as "sweet Jewish Jesus") is still worshipped by

Fact: Jews are the oldest of any people on earth still around with their
national identity and cultural heritage intact.

Fact: George &Ira Gershwin &Irving Berlin (Jews) are three of the most
prolific composers of the 20th century.

Fact: Isadore &Nathan Straus (Jews) - "Abraham &Straus," eventually became
sole owners of Macy's (world's largest department store) in 1896.

Fact: Dr. Paul "magic bullet" Ehrlich (Jew) - physician, Nobel Prize in 1908
for curing syphilis.

Fact: Armand Hammer (Jew) - "Arm &Hammer," physician &businessman who
originated the largest trade between U. S. and Russia.

Fact: Louis Santanel (Jew) was the financier who provided the funds for
Columbus' voyage to America.

Fact: Sherry Lansing (Jew) of Paramount Pictures, became the first woman
president of a major Hollywood studio.

Fact: Flo Zigfield (Jew) of "Zigfield Follies," is the creator of American

Fact: Jews were the brains behind the Confederacy:

Fact: Maj. Adolph Proskauer led the unit at Gettysburg.

Fact: Judah P. Benjamin held 4 cabinet positions: Attorney General, February
25 to September 17, 1861,; Secretary of War, September 17, 1861, to March
18, 1862; acting Secretary of War, March 18 to 23, 1862; Secretary of State,
March 18, 1862, until the end of the war) and was referred to as "the brains
of the confederacy."

Fact: Rabbi Max Michelbacher was a confidant and spiritual advisor to
General Robert E. Lee.

Fact: A great many Jews fought for the Confederacy, and the overwhelming
were recent immigrants from Germany &East Europe who felt they were fighting
for Democracy. They fought far out of proportion to their numbers"

Fact: The Jews invented hummos.



Your a spy? Cool...are you really Steven Segal...a Jewish spy parading as a Muslim apostate cryto-Muslim, double agent? Is true you secretly smoke Camels? Is it true you drink wine and then sneak off to the bathroom and spit it out along with ham and cheese sandwich?

Can I have your autograph?


How about this Howie, I actually have Jewish uncles. My maternal grandfather's first wife was an Iraqi Jew. But I have no idea about her name or her family name, because, she and my grandfather were married in Mosul, and got divorced before he fled to Syria to dodge the British draft. My grandfather was Kurdish. His second wife was a Christian Orthodox Syrian, she is my maternal grandmother, and, hence my Christian heritage. If I went on and on like that, you will discover that we have about 8 religious denominations and 4 ethnic groups in our immediate family only. This is meaning of being Syrian, this is what the region is all about. This is why nationalism and religious fanaticism are dangerous and divisive. Even in my darkest days as an Islamist, Is till listened to Wagner as I recited the Qur’an, and celebrated Christmas by decorating my dorm room with festive lights. I couldn’t decorate the mosque though when I was in LA, and I felt really bad during the holidays, because I was torn apart by my love for the warm festive spirit associated with them in my mind and soul, and the stern teachings of Islam.

How can I not end up a heretic, and an apostate. Even as an Islamist I was a heretic, seeking my own interpretations of the faith. My approach to my personal life has always been “my way or the highway,” but this tendency has been tremendously tempered down after my marriage of course. Not in time to save me from exile though.


And yes, you can have my autograph when we meet, and now that I have grown back my ponytail, you are not the first one to tell me that I look like Segal, albeit in his skinny days. For I have lost weight as well - a whole 25 pounds, and I have been keeping them of for a couple of months now.


So, ammar what exactly are you trying to achieve anyway? Not much else left for you to do! Even your so-called 'noble' perspective of Syria, the region and the fake Tharwa are questionable! I'd say stick with exile and your 'freedom'. That's the most you'll get!


I understand your suspicion, Mustapha. But, since I am not working alone, and Tharwa is far from being fake, as the developments over the next 2-3 months will show, there is still a possibility of achieving something. Had our work not appeared serious and threatening to the regime, there would have been no exile. Yet, the Tharwa team is still quite active in Syria, Lebanon, and across the region.

Heretics, whether liberal or puritan, have always been relevant to developments in our part of the world. I would venture to say that they have often been in the driver seat. Almost very Islamic school of thought represented heresy at the time of its appearance, and well-nigh all major philosophers and scientists have held and expressed heretical views by the standards of their particular community. If there is going to be a difference to be made in our region, it’s the heretics that will do it. But, whether my particular heresies will be part of that remain to be seen.


Yes, ammar. I agree with the part about 'it remains to be seen'. That's the ONLY thing I am in agreement with.

Zenobia of the East and West

I am having a really hard time, albeit highly pleasurable, trying to imagine Ammar hanging christmas lights, reciting the Quran, and listening to Ride of the Valkyries (or was it the Forest Murmurs) all at the same time. Quite a disturbing vision.

but on the subject of Apostate verses Heretic, I am confused. Why is this a continuum? And why would Heretic be leading to Apostate? That doesn't make sense to me. I thought and apostate is just someone who gave up their believe system, whereas the Heretic... actively... put forward an antithetical and challenging new set of ideas or beliefs. Wouldn't the Heretic be the one further along or in the more extreme? Isn't it the apostate who might eventually become the heretic? Please explain...


Mustapha if you believe in god so much why don't you run along and worship him, I'm sure he's waiting for your prayers.
As for me, I'm certain that there is no god.
To each their own.


Zenobia, I said that heresy is not necessarily conducive to apostasy. But in order to become apostates, people tend to go through a heretical phase first. People don’t just give up on their faith, they tend to inadvertently negotiate their way out of it, and this translates into a temporary adoption of all different sorts of “heresies,” often personal ones, rather than existing ones. The negotiations, of course, are internal – they are negotiations with oneself, one’s mind and one’s conscience. The heresies may not necessarily be expressed in public. Some people may not feel empowered to do that until they have crossed over all the way to apostasy. Of course, I am basing this argument on my personal journey, and certain Dostoyevsky-esque and Kafka-esque influences.

Mustapha, Mohammad, you are both welcome to comment on this blog. Indeed, by agreeing with the apart “it remains to be seen,” Mustapha has given me the benefit of the doubt, and I found this to be reasonable enough. It is up to us to create the necessary realities on the ground to prove our point of view. And we shall do so. We have a clearly established line of successes in this regard.



You left out "while dancing to hava nagilah".

Don't deny his Jewish side..er ah..his better side.


No sir. I did not give you any benefit of doubt. It was clear: Stick to exile. Because, with your latest preaching, you have no where to go in Syria nor in the region. Your perceived successes, I'd say, are no more than a delusional state of mind!

Intruder (Moh'd): I have no interest in Byzantine dialogues.


Sorry Mustapha, I misunderstood. I stand corrected. Thanks for the advice though. But it is up to me to decide my future, and, I say, exile or not, I will make myself and my thought relevant to the process, sooner or later.

Zenobia of the East and West

ohhhh. ok, i understand what you mean.

Believers often see their new interpretation of the faith as a legitimate extension of some original impetus or drive embedded in the faith (the renewalists), or as a return to the original nature of the faith (the fundamentalists and the puritans. Or in modern day parlance in our region, salafis and wahhabis).

I guess you were saying here that the revisionists or the reformers and renewalists (?), such people like Martin Luther, are all versions of heretics...and they may or may not be moving towards total apostacy.

and YOU are an apostate, i suppose, but... it is much more fun i think to be a heretic. I always prefer ambivalence and self-doubt to total decision. Even atheism doesn't solve life's mysteries for me.
Your reference to "certain Dostoyevsky-esque and Kafka-esque influences" also makes a lot more clear... for these are men of great doubt and endless contemplation ... who also wrote ridiculous and amazing tales of internal anguish...that are never quite satisfactorily resolved (well in Kafka's case - not resolved at all), but for myself- that lack of resolution and conclusiveness is satisfying in itself.
I think, in the final analysis, you are saying - among other things- that being heretical means that you haven't ever made a claim to know for certain in your heart or mind your beliefs. I mean atheism might be a certainty for you or for others, but as I said that isn't really the end all.
Anyhow, engaging in public expressions of heretical ideas has apparently always been risky, not just because of challenging the powers that be, but because the 'public' is always demanding a kind of certainty and finality and staking of definite claims. And therefore, the heretic will always be attacked from all sides it seems. Hence -the anguish .... and the never belonging anywhere.


You got it Zen: my sentiments in a nutshell. In an old poem of mine, I address God, and I say, that I disbelieve in Him, regardless of whether he exists, or not. It's not a good poem, but, it makes the point. I choose to be an agnostic, because religion and God make absolutely no difference in the world. They cannot stop evil, not even among their followers, so, what's the point. Might as well face the fact that we are in the final analysis alone and responsible for our deeds in an ultimate sense.


Ammar, this is how I think things should be:
Believing in religion or not is not the problem, even a lot people find this as vehicle to express themselves, the final aim here is to defend oneself against injustice. The final conclusion is human should not rely on other entities to find his salvation. He should start from within and should always stands for his rights. So, in this regard, I hope you know that you are standing for your rights against those powerful echelons who deprived you from your rights. You should never forget that they kicked you out of the country, humiliated you and prevented you from speaking your mind, so if you stay here in
America or not, if you are apostate or heretic, it does not matter and these question are not for this political form. Also, speaking too much about oneself is kind of un attractive Narcissism. You have to remember, you are not doing us any favor by defending your self, however we the oppressed, the exiled and the people who have suffered and are suffering from this type of regime have the duty to look after our children future and ourselves. It does not take a scientist to recognize that. – your comment please-


I am in total agreement with you. As for speaking about personal experiences, you have to admit I don't do it that often, albeit this did start as personal blog, and every now and then, when there is need, it shouldn’t be so problematic. After all, narcissistic or not, I am a rather fascinating guy (teehee).


I have given much thought to another question: when asked, should I call myself an apostate or an atheist? Jokingly I will refer to myself as the former, but I thing when that term is employed it is within the context of a specific political agenda, and it is very easy for it to be hijacked for the wankery of people that you would not otherwise befriendly with--like the mini-fascists at Little Green Footballs. There is also the secondary issue that using the term apostasy generally pits the object that was betrayed as the central figure, whereas there is no such connotation with atheism.

But I generally agree with you that heresy is a better term than apostasy.

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