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.

Traveling in Lebanon 2018


St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (1764) Older Church of Complex- Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
Interior of El-Maqam El-Sharif  Shrine of  Imam Bahaa Ed-Din  el- Ta'i el-Samouqi (an author of the Epistles of Wisdom) - Aley Province - Lebanon
El-Maqam El-Sharif  Shrine of  Imam Bahaa Ed-Din  el- Ta'i el-Samouqi (an author of the Epistles of Wisdom) - Aley Province - Lebanon
Armenian Cathedral of St. Gregory - Beirut, Lebanon
View from St. George's Greek Orthodox Church to Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque- Beirut
Visitors to the Our Lady of Lebanon (Notre Dame du Liban) Maronite Catholic - Harissa, Lebanon
Our Lady of Lebanon (Notre Dame du Liban) Maronite Catholic - Harissa, Lebanon
Visitors to The Shrine of Mary - Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa) Mary or Miriam is Revered in the Qu'ran & Islam - 25 Kil. from Beirut
Emir Munzer Mosque (Originally 1616-1633) Downtown Beirut - Lebanon
View From - Our Lady of Lebanon (Notre Dame du Liban) Maronite Catholic - Harissa, Lebanon
The New Church of St. George's Greek Orthodox Complex - Downtown, Beirut
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque- Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
Maronite Catholic Cathedral Looking Out at "Our Lady of Lebanon"  (Notre Dame du Liban) Statue - Harissa, Lebanon
Determined Peacemaker - Jesus (The Lamb of God) - St. George's Orthodox Church - Beirut, Lebanon
Very Large Bill Boards with Numerous Religous Leaders (Only 3 Shown) - Cana is Where the Bombing of a U.N. Shelter Slaughtered 110 Civilians  including babies & U.N. workers from the Philippines & Africa
Maronite Cathedral Next to "Our Lady of Lebanon" Statue - Harissa, Lebanon
Shrine of Lady Sarah, a Peacemaker & Niece of  Bahaa Ed-Din el-Ta'i el-Samouqi (an Author of the Epistles of Wisom- Druze Holy Book)- Dahr El Ahmar,  Beqaa - Lebanon
Armenian Cathedral of St. Gregory - Beirut, Lebanon
Ali, Our Kind Guide- Muḥarram (Ashura) Preparations at the Memorial Of Bombed U.N. Shelter - Cana, Lebanon
Cave Where the Miracle of the Wedding Took Place (Christian-New Testament) - Cana - Lebanon
St. George's Greek Orthodox Complex Two Churches Next to Each Other, Chapel Behind - Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
El-Maqam El-Sharif (Druze) Women Are Equal to Men- Glimpse of Their Dress  - Aley Province - Lebanon
Remembering the Innocent Civilians (some Filipinos, some Africans)- Intentionally  Targeted & Bombed in the United Nations Shelter by the Holy Land Government - Cana, Lebanon
St. George's Greek Orthodox Church Complex Lies on Top of and to the Side of Roman Ruins - Many Places in Beirut Ancient Ruins are Uncovered - Lebanon
Little Chaple Behind St. George Greek Orthodox Church Complex - Beirut, Lebanon
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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  
focused on different aspects of the country - see Lebanon 2012 in CELEBRATE HUMANITY and  
Current 2012 in the Embracefoundationarchives.org/current_2012.html

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  
do with.

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  
knowledge.

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.

Lebanon 2018

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  
anyone.

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 (QANA)

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.

www.bintjbeil.com/E/occupation/robert_fisk_qana.html


On 30th July 2006, the Holy Land Military again targeted Cana hitting a civilian apartment  
buildingHuman 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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