KINDNESS OF THE LEBANESE
Ajata and Virginia were walking from the Cana cave of Jesus when a car pulled up and asked them
where they were going. Ajata told the driver Ali, that they were going back to the “Memorial.” Ali,
said get in, I’ll take you there and he did. He also gave Ajata and Virginia a tour and explained what
had happened. After that, he gave the Founders a ride to another historic site and then back to the
van that would return them to Beirut.
Ali, is an unpretentious business man and one of the people in Cana who spends part of his year
doing business in Africa.
Note: Regarding Africans in Lebanon
Some years in Lebanon, a visitor will find a lot of people from South Indian, usually Tamil Nadu
India, Ajata’s home state. Other years, there are a lot of Filipinos. This year there were many
women from Ethiopia, and from Africa. (One lovely Ethiopia young woman who traveled with Ajata
and Virginia, was doing housekeeping in Beirut to put her sister through college. This
unselfishness is very typical of Ethiopian extended families.
Another day Ajata and Virginia got off a bus in a small Druze village in the mountains looking for the
Shrine of El Maqam El Sharif. They had no idea where to go. They saw some young men talking in
front of a shop and asked directions. One of the young men, said come with me. He had the
Embrace Founders get into his car, not only did he take them to El Maqam El Sharif, he stopped
along the way to take them to the Druze Shrine of Sarah. He waited for them at both shrines and
then brought them back to the bus stop.
Lebanon certainly does not need the Embrace Founders to promote it. It is packed with tourists for
many months of the year. Suffice it to say, that it has a wealth of spirituality for those who chose to
seek it among; mountain monasteries, Druze shrines, Shrines of Catholic saints, (such as the much
beloved St. Charbel) and a wealth of Islamic shrines in the Bekkah Valley (Beqaa), the orthodox
churches, (St George's being the oldest church in Beirut), as usual, have a voluptuous grandeur.
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TRAVELING IN LEBANON
This is the third trip for the Embrace Founders to Lebanon in recent years. Each time they have
The Embrace Founders have tremendous respect for all the Lebanese grassroots people and a
great deal of admiration for them. Obviously, Ajata and Virginia are not the only people who admire
the Lebanese as they have more tourists from Europe and the Middle East than they know what to
However, during these difficult times throughout the world, the Founders feel it is necessary not to
gloss over certain situations which people in the United States, the Holy Land and Europe,
whose governments have been responsible for much suffering should not be oblivious to.
This in no way reflects on Lebanese civilians or the enjoyment visitors get while visiting many of
their holy places.
Prologue on Lebanon
Ajata and Virginia went to Lebanon in 2010, as well as in 2012 and 2018, but in 2010 things were quite tense
since the Mossad had assassinated the Hamas leader in the Gulf while the Embrace founders were in Beirut. On
that trip the Ajata and Virginia did not take many photos and although they met a Christian scholar who was
researching and writing a history of Christianity in Lebanon they did not have time to avail themselves of his
At that time, no one knew if another war was in the offing. The Embrace Founders cut their trip short in Lebanon
and were speedily taken to their destination in Syria. As has often been the case in recent years, it was not a
good time for Americans to be in many parts of the world due to America’s military offensives, support of the
Holy Land politicos and CIA interference. This time Lebanon potentially was one of them. Oddly enough, the
situation was calm in Syria despite the fact that the U.S. institutional media had ramped-up its’ propaganda
campaign against the Syrians generally labeling all grassroots Syrian people regardless of whether they were
Christian, Shi’ah, Sunni or Kurds (Kurds have about 11 religious/ philosophical affiliations) as terrorists
By this time the entire world knows that the only terrorists for decades have been those Sunnis
trained, funded, armed and organized by the CIA, Mossad and Saudi government -(read members of
the Royal Family and Uluma) - not Saudi grassroots people.
Even Hamas and Hezbollah, who the Holy Land government and their minions in the United States label as
“terrorists” were initially organized, trained, armed and funded by the Mossad who wanted to use them to
destroy the PLO.
Embrace has never heard of a rebel group, or just as often, a dictator, that has been funded, armed, organized
and trained by intelligence agencies that has not ended up turning against these incredibly short-sighted
bureaucratic schemers or the countries and the innocent grassroots people they claim untruthfully to represent.
It is important to note once again, Embrace does not support or endorse any government
or anyone in politics whatsoever.
We strongly support Jewish civilians uninvolved with foreign government lobbying or
politics. The Embrace Founders themselves, have had close relationships, friendships and
guidance from Jewish scholars, rebbes and rabbis but we do not under any circumstance
endorse the government in the Holy Land or it’s constant violation of international laws or
human rights. The same can be said for our perspective on the United States.
The hotel that Ajata and Virginia stayed at in Beirut was filled with Syrian families. This came as a
total surprise and was not anticipated at all.
How information flows through some of the countries in the Middle East is almost beyond belief.
Although Virginia could be mistaken as a Canadian, New Zealander or an Irish citizen everyone at
the hotel knew she had an American passport.
The breakfast room was tense.
(The same tension as the bus ride with Turkish people sympathetic to Syrian refugees and Syrian
refugees themselves in Eastern Turkey, where Virginia made friends with a Sunni Syrian woman
who had lost 25 people close to her)
Until, like on the Turkish bus, Virginia made a point of apologizing for the bombing that America’s
media, defense contractors and military had instigated and initiated.
After that, everything relaxed.
In a room down the hall in Ajata and Virginia’s hotel, a young Syrian woman cried and cried. “I want
to go home. I don’t want to be here.”
THE WAITER AT A RESTAURANT
A restaurant set up for university students a few doors down from their Beirut hotel, was where Ajata
and Virginia after traveling all over in the heat usually relaxed and took refuge in the evenings.
Their regular waiter was a Christian from Aleppo Syria with a university degree. He was also half
Armenian. He thought however, that the Armenian government had turned down his Father’s
application for immigration to get out of the war, because his Mother was Catholic, not an Orthodox
Christian. Does discrimination and prejudice never end?
Ajata and Virginia asked him, why not stay in Lebanon? He said that because the Syrian army had
over-stayed its’ short welcome in Lebanon that lasted from 1976 - 2005, Lebanese were often
unfriendly towards Syrian refugees and their plight. He said, of course this was not true of all of
Lebanese, for instance the people who owned the restaurant, but although he was only a civilian
and had nothing to do with the army, he often felt uncomfortable in Lebanon. Actually, a primary
reason he left Syria, was that he didn’t want to be inducted into the military. He didn't want to kill
Perhaps the sort of Lebanese prejudice against Syrian civilians was why the young woman down
the hall was crying and wanted to go home.
The waiter showed Ajata and Virginia photos of Aleppo where he and his friends used to hang out
and then he showed them photos of the area after it was bombed. He was angry but more than that
he was frustrated and said he felt hopeless. (The Founders had heard the same thing from a
restaurant owner and waiters in Antalya Turkey regarding the situation in Turkey, mainly
economic. They were Muslims.) Before Ajata and Virginia were about to leave, their waiter wanted
a group of his Syrian friends to come and meet them, but they probably didn’t believe that there was
such a thing as a good American. They did not come.
Cana according to the Bible - New Testament, has the cave where Jesus turned water into wine for
a wedding party. (There is a second Jesus miracle that many Muslims believe. In this
interpretation wine is substituted for water which thirsty followers desperately need, as many
Muslims do not drink alcohol but revere Jesus.)
It would be nice if the only story Ajata and Virginia had to tell about Cana was the story from the
Bible, but the Embrace Founders promised they would tell the story of the Cana atrocity.
On April 18th, 1996 the Holy Land Military intentionally targeted civilians both Lebanese and United
Nations workers (the Founders were told the U.N. workers were from the Philippines and Africa) in
a United Nations compound and shelter. They also bombed a garden and connected area
behind the United Nations compound killing additional people.
A memorial was dedicated to the innocents who died there. A photo is above.
Amnesty International concluded, "the IDF intentionally attacked the UN compound...”
Human Rights Watch: "The decision of those who planned the attack to choose a mix of high -
explosive artillery shells that included deadly anti-personnel shells designed to maximize injuries on
the ground-and the sustained firing of such shells, without warning, in close proximity to a large
concentration of civilians - violated a key principle of international humanitarian law. . .
The UN appointed military advisor Major-General Franklin van Kappen of the Netherlands:
“Contrary to repeated denials, two Israeli helicopters and a remotely piloted vehicle were present in
the Qana area at the time of the shelling. While the possibility cannot be ruled out completely, it is
unlikely that the shelling of the United Nations compound was the result of gross technical and/or
procedural errors “
There is considerably more negative testimony, but readers can investigate it for themselves.
On 30th July 2006, the Holy Land Military again targeted Cana hitting a civilian apartment
building. Human Rights Watch confirmed that 28 died, of whom 16 were children. The dead were
wearing clothes for sleeping.
Cana is hardly the only time the Holy Land military has intentionally targeted the United Nations, in recent years:
1.) January 15th 2009 Israel ignored repeated warnings from UN staff before hitting the main UN compound in Gaza with white phosphorus shells on
2.) August 3rd 2014. The Holy Land Military intentionally bombed a United Nations school in Gaza.
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