Learn more about Zeitoun in the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library digital collection. Eggers has claimed The Zeitoun Foundation to be “a very simple grant-giving operation.” But if it was so simple, why did we have to do all this detective work? In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. He did not return our email.) (By contrast, The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation’s financial documents are more clearly accountable.). When Kathy and their children left their home for Baton Rouge at the approach of Hurricane Katrina, Abdulrahman stayed behind to watch over their properties, determined to wait out Katrina. Follow John Simerman on Twitter, @johnsimerman. Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Zeitoun’s state sentence ended in March at Allen Correctional Center, where ICE officials picked him up and took him to Oakdale pending "removal" proceedings. We also asked Gisleson if she could provide us with a schedule accounting for the 2010 grantees that were not listed in Press Street’s 2010 990. On October 18th, Kathy Zeitoun testified in court about the abuses: He starts beating me in the back with this tire iron. In March 2011 police went to the home when Kathy reported that he'd barged in, shoved her face to the floor and punched her before their daughter kicked him off and he left. The Press Street 990 shows $155,500 in grants distributed in 2010 through The Zeitoun Foundation for “rebuilding & cultural awareness grants to NOLA-area non-profits & national org + Benefits over $5,000.” Yet unlike the 2009 990, the 2010 990 doesn’t include an attached schedule which designates the organizations and individuals who received grants over $5,000, much less the class of activity, the grantee’s name and address, the amount given, and the relationship of the grantee, as required by law. He’s a great guy, a believer. As he claimed in a Rumpus interview, “I think you get the most accuracy when you involve your subjects as much as possible. To date, outside donations have accounted for less than 10% of all monies disbursed by the Foundation. „Zeitoun“ lässt einen Blick zu, in die Willkür der Terrorismusfahnder und in das System. There was a lot to discuss. But a few of these groups have nothing to do with The Zeitoun Foundation’s stated goal, which is “to aid in the rebuilding and ongoing health of the city of New Orleans, and to help ensure the human rights of all Americans.” The Muslim American Society is based in Chandler, Arizona and its stated mission is “to move people to strive for God consciousness, liberty, and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity.” (Additional financial documents obtained by Reluctant Habits revealed that this chapter of the Muslim American Society operates at Tulane University, based in New Orleans.) “I’m so tired of it, really. Zeitoun is a supposedly non-fiction account of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his wife Kathy during Hurricane Katrina. As of November 14th, the Zeitoun Foundation website has not been updated. The idea was to use Press Street as a fiscal sponsor for the foundation “because it was the most expedient way to distribute grants from the proceeds of the book.”, “The Zeitoun Foundation is a fiscally sponsored project of Press Street and focuses the rebuilding of New Orleans and the fostering of interfaith understanding,” said Gisleson. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who paddled his canoe through the eerily quiet flooded landscape of New Orleans helping people and animals after Hurricane Katrina, has been accused of trying to hire someone to murder his now ex-wife, her son and another man. Dave Eggers: Zeitoun Dave Eggers stellt seinem Bericht ein Zitat aus Cormack McCarthys „Die Straße“ voran und ordnet damit seinen Bericht in die Romane ein, in denen eine Katastrophe das (Weiter-)Leben der Menschen elementar beinträchtigt. But it would be refreshing to see Eggers, whose motives are clearly benevolent, open up about how he has used charitable funds. “I’m not defending him because he’s my cousin. In recent years, though, Zeitoun has been in and out of police custody for charges, primarily relating to his ex-wife Kathy Zeitoun. While it is believed that The Zeitoun Foundation has been as transparent in its operations as comparable non-profit organizations, it does intend to update the Zeitoun Foundation website in the near future, and will also update all filings deemed necessary and appropriate. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a Syrian-American man who lived in New Orleans with his wife Kathy and their children. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. Anonymous Missionary. (We did, however, receive a threatening email from an attorney. The 2009 990 for The Zeitoun Foundation lists $161,331 due to Jableh, LLC, which exceeds the $145,476 in revenue taken in by The Zeitoun Foundation for that year ($84,044 in royalty income from the book, $50,000 in film rights, and $11,432 in “contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received”). Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. “Most people can handle that, but the more money he was given, the more properties he acquired … we were no longer worthy.”. Into this mix we find Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun and their daughters, Muslim Americans who made their home in New Orleans, LA. Yet Kathy told The Times-Picayune‘s Laura Maggi that the Zeitouns were not involved in the foundation. Written by acclaimed author Dave Eggers, the best-seller portrayed Abdulrahman Zeitoun as the stoic victim of a criminal justice system that came unglued in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. Kathy Zeitoun said that she and two of her five children testified remotely last week at a hearing in which Abdulrahman Zeitoun sought relief from a deportation order but was denied. In this report, we confront Dave Eggers about his silence concerning Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s attempted murder charges and he stays silent. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. [Dave Eggers] -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents Kathy & Abdulrahman Zeitoun are cast into unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind & water. A cousin, Fouad Zeton, pledged to help him appeal the immigration judge's order, and he blamed Kathy Zeitoun’s greed for the legal troubles that have left him behind bars for most of the past six years. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. Voice of Witness is a McSweeney’s publishing imprint founded in 2004 as a nonprofit which has released several well-received oral history collections relating to social injustices. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American, and his wife Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. Dave Eggers is running away from the truth. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. It's a little-known fact that immigrant felons are regularly ordered to be deported, only to be released for lack of any takers. What is the purpose of going through all these trials just to let him go like that?”. John Simerman’s helpful dispatches in the New Orleans Times-Picayune illustrate why staying silent or taking the rose-tinted path is a blatant and irresponsible disregard for the truth. Eggers relied heavily on what his subjects, Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his wife Kathy, told him while working on the book. Mr. Zeitoun, … That’s a laudable goal, but this faith-based approach is somewhat different from the foundation’s stated reconstruction goals. And we have the video to prove it. 4/13/2019 0 Comments For this week’s reading log, I have read about forty-seven more pages in my novel, ... Nademah is the oldest daughter to Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, even though she is only ten years old, she is yet fairly mature for her age and of all her siblings. He becomes increasingly more afraid as Todd asks a passing soldier why they’re here, and the soldier says that they are al Qaeda. It is with the 2010 990 that the Press Street/Zeitoun Foundation finances become especially murky. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, owner of a painting contractor business, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his wife Kathy and their four children.Friday, August 25, 2005, is a normal day for the family: the children attend school, Kathy fields phone calls from clients and Zeitoun visits his many work sites throughout the city to liaise and oversee. Kathy Zeitoun. Kathy Zeitoun said the third man was the husband of her longtime friend and not her boyfriend. Von Menschenrechten ist in diesem Fall nicht mehr viel übrig. At six months, detainees have a right to habeas corpus relief, but that fight can drag on for months longer, she said. ", He said those considerations apply to criminal and noncriminal aliens alike who are subject to final orders of removal, "although the severity of an alien’s crimes is a relevant factor when considering whether continued detention is appropriate.". In any case, Kathy Zeitoun said, the judge denied the request, leading to the release eight days later that unnerved her. The largest category of convictions for those immigrants was driving while intoxicated; about one in eight convictions was for a violent offense. 11/18/2012 UPDATE: The Times-Picayune‘s John Simerman reported on November 16th that Eggers and McSweeney’s representatives have refused to answer the newspaper’s questions about Zeitoun. Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. That’s the standard set in a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found that indefinite detention of immigrants who are under deportation orders is unconstitutional except in extreme circumstances. Mr. Zeitoun, … Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. But according to Kathy Zeitoun, the plaudits and money that came with the book's popularity stoked a controlling streak in her husband that she said showed up in episodes of physical abuse doled out over years. She said she'd been told that he could have been held for at least another 90 days had ICE chosen to take its time. On November 8th, Zeitoun was indicted for attempted first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder. so many of their muslim friends had been interviewed, forced to send in documents and hire lawyers. Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : 520 In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. Kathy and Abdulrahman Zeitoun, subjects of Dave Eggers' latest bestselling novel, recently spoke to more than 200 LSU Honors College students and faculty members about their experiences during Hurricane Katrina and the chaotic weeks that followed. And it isn’t the $17,500 in grantees that the schedule doesn’t specify (which is likely grantees who each received less than $5,000 in money for that year). The Zeitouns became literary darlings with the 2009 publication of "Zeitoun," which cast them as endearing protagonists in a story of injustice and endurance in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. The couple's relationship deteriorated in subsequent years, and they divorced in 2012. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. By the time Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson found him guilty and sentenced him on the stalking charge in 2016, Zeitoun had sat in jail for nearly two years, his bail revoked. We responded by asking the attorney to provide us with specific evidence that would clear up matters. David J Arrick This is a far cry from Eggers’s glowing depiction of Abdulrahman as a tranquil hero. A man faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, with his wife still frightened for her life. Kathleen Babineux Blanco is the governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun (Book) : Eggers, Dave : 520 In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. Beyond helping to choose the organizations the Foundation supports, Kathy and Abdulrahman Zeitoun have had no day-to-day duties with the Foundation.”. “We can’t just detain people with no foreseeable chance of actually deporting them,” said Laila Hlass, an immigration law professor at Tulane University. Here are a list of books that Voice of Witness has published from 2009 on: Of the six new titles, only two (Patriot Act and Inside This Place, Not of It) fit into the Zeitoun Foundation’s secondary goal of ensuring “the human rights of all Americans.” The other titles, while tackling admirable issues, have nothing to do with Katrina or New Orleans. “Now I have to look around and hope nobody jumps from out of the bushes,” she said. She is strong-willed, loving and fiercely protective of her family and faith. He lets go of the tire iron and starts punching me, then he started ripping the flesh from my side through my clothes. “From the beginning, I told them I wouldn’t be paid and I would not benefit from their story in any material way,” said Eggers in a 2009 interview. Zeitoun's American wife. And on Wednesday, the New Orleans police charged him with plotting to have Kathy Zeitoun, her son and another man murdered. In a place like Syria, the infrastructure doesn't exist for that to happen.". In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Dann verschwindet er plötzlich und das Martyrium der Familie beginnt. (In contrast to this, Islamic Relief USA, another Zeitoun grantee which is based in California, has a clearly articulated relief-based mission fitting in with Zeitoun’s goals.). Under the seams, it’s a much different story. We were appalled at the conditions Zeitoun was kept in when he was imprisoned. After which they will start considering release as long as he doesn't pose a danger to the community," she said. Prosecutors charged him with attempted murder and solicitation for murder, claiming he’d later offered a fellow jail inmate $20,000 to kill her. 11/18/2012 UPDATE: We made efforts to talk with Mr. Eggers in person about these charges and more. She succeeded,” Zeton said. While The Zeitoun Foundation is now listed as “in good standing” with the Louisiana Secretary of State (as of September 10, 2012, which is when the last annual report was filed), our search through several nonprofit public databases have not unearthed any new 990s. They would like to clarify that there are two components to The Zeitoun Foundation’s charitable purpose: (1) to aid in the rebuilding and social advancement of New Orleans and (2) to promote understanding between people of disparate faiths around the world, with a concentration on relations between the United States of America and the Muslim world. Together, the couple ran a thriving and respected painting company. Our investigative report reveals how the McSweeney’s foundation has allocated its funds. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. You need to have some kind of travel documents and need to be able to fly a plane and land it near there, and put people over the border, or fly into that country,” she said. Get more info at our website www.telluridelibrary.org.. A partir del 11/28, la biblioteca no permitirá la entrada. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. Cox agreed, saying those immigrants must be "readmitted into that country by government officials and accepted as a citizen there. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. Kathy und sein Bruder Ahmed, durch allerlei Horrornachrichten in immer größerer Sorge, beknien ihn, die Stadt zu verlassen, doch Zeitoun muss helfen. Immigration lawyers agreed, saying it's common for ICE to stretch detentions to six months past the date of a "final order of removal," in some cases putting the burden on detainees to find workarounds, such as another country willing to accept them. All other funds have come from proceeds from the book. The only information that the foundation’s website provides is a list of “nonprofits supported by the Foundation,” but nothing on the website designates how this grant money has been disseminated. Shouldn’t this statement be released on the main McSweeney’s site? If you give directly to The Zeitoun Foundation, you’re asked to make out your checks to a literary and visual arts collective called Press Street. I’m not physically able to defend myself if he comes after me. He grabbed my face and dug his claws, his fingernails, in my face. Cox said such releases are required under federal law for “an individual for whom there is not a significant likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.”. Although his wife, Kathy, and their four children evacuate before the storm hits, Zeitoun stays behind to care for their house, business, and rental properties. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is an immigrant from Syria who in 2005 owned a successful house-painting business in New Orleans. When Kathy and their children left their home for Baton Rouge at the approach of Hurricane Katrina, Abdulrahman stayed behind to watch over their properties, determined to wait out Katrina. Tangible and beneficial results can be achieved, which allows the Zeitouns to feel that something good came from their suffering.”. Shouldn’t it keep proper records by now? Dave Eggers is running away from the truth. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. (To follow along, here’s the 2009 990 (PDF) and the 2010 990 (PDF).) Kusuda said she had "not seen anybody released, really" before a 90-day "post-removal" period that gives ICE time to draw up deportation papers. Don’t make it worse,” while approaching a bus station. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. The foundation’s website has announced five separate rounds of grant allocations since its inception, but it’s troubling that these cheery dispatches offer neither a date nor a list of specific grants for each round (one such example can be seen below). Kathy Zeitoun is an equally strong figure, deflecting the constant muttered tweaks of her family. Someone who donates money to The Zeitoun Foundation is probably going to expect that the funds will be directly allocated to post-Katrina efforts or ongoing rehabilitation in Louisiana. But since 2009, Voice of Witness’s activities have not involved Katrina or New Orleans at all. While Kathy and their children flee New Orleans, Zeitoun (he is mostly referred to by his surname) stays behind and disobeys orders to evacuate, preferring to watch over the houses they own and their business in the city. A native of Baton Rouge, Kathy converted to Islam before meeting Zeitoun. Zeitoun (eBook) : Eggers, Dave : Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. He'll be subject to federal supervision, and possible re-detention or deportation, indefinitely. COVID-19: Physical GCLD branches are open to the public with reduced hours (). And we have the video to prove it. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. You have permission to edit this article. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers.' The 2009 990 for The Zeitoun Foundation declared that $161,331 was due to Jableh, LLC, which exceeded the $145,476 in revenue taken in by The Zeitoun Foundation for that year ($84,044 in royalty income from the book, $50,000 in film rights, and $11,432 in “contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received”). San Francisco, CA 94104 As we noted in August, Jableh was incorporated on July 16, 2009. As we reported at length on November 14, 2012, he ran away from us. We pressed Ms. Gisleson further on the finances and she was kind enough to divulge the Schedule O sums (that is, the amounts over $5,000) on the 2010 990, in which the grantees are listed (with dollar amounts) as follows: We were relieved to learn that most of the finances were accounted for and that Press Street was on firmer ground (even if The Zeitoun Foundation remains “not in good standing”). Governor Blanco. Although his wife, Kathy, and their four children evacuate before the storm hits, Zeitoun stays behind to care for their house, business, and rental properties. In court, Kathy testified about being beaten with a tire iron and being “[choked] so hard I felt the pressure in my face.”. We will offer additional findings in a separate report. Just how many people fit in that category is uncertain. Kathy Zeitoun said the third man was the husband of her longtime friend and not her boyfriend. Even Norman Mailer famously declared during the Jack Abbott affair that culture is worth a little risk. But Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo, who has since retired, acquitted Zeitoun on those charges, refusing to believe the alleged hit man, and saying prosecutors had not proved that Zeitoun had tried to kill her. All students starting Grade 12 in Fall Semester, 2019, are required to read Zeitoun for English.Students should be prepared to discuss and write about the book at the start of classes in August. Telephone: 415-956-4444 "They can fight it and say this guy's extremely dangerous.". [1], In late August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached the city, Kathy and their four children left New Orleans for Baton Rouge. but until now zeitoun had been fortunate. Nobody is talking. 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