After compiling this list of organizations, the sole task of the Zeitoun Foundation was to direct funds to these organizations whenever funds from the book became available. But it would be refreshing to see Eggers, whose motives are clearly benevolent, open up about how he has used charitable funds. ICE did not immediately respond to a request for the number of criminally convicted aliens who, like Zeitoun, are under deportation orders but have been released in the U.S. A 2016 ICE report to a House committee said the agency had more than 86,000 criminal releases in the previous three years, though the annual number had slid to fewer than 20,000 by 2015. This is a far cry from Eggers’s glowing depiction of Abdulrahman as a tranquil hero. 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. In court, Kathy testified about being beaten with a tire iron and being “[choked] so hard I felt the pressure in my face.”. She is strong-willed, loving and fiercely protective of her family and faith. Needless to say, our investigation has been reopened. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. She succeeded,” Zeton 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. The grant recipients are outstanding organizations and the website will share more details about the great work that they’re doing. 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. 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. Answers: 2 on a question: He and kathy worried about the reach of the department of homeland security, its willingness to contact anyone born in or with a connection to the middle east. We shouldn’t have to do this much digging to find out how the foundation has been allocating its monies. Eggers did issue this statement with Jonathan Demme, stating that he and Demme were “in daily contact with Kathy since the incident on July 25” and asking his audience to “join us in respecting the Zeitoun family’s privacy at this difficult time.” But while Demme is preparing an animated film adaptation of Zeitoun, what does Demme have to do with The Zeitoun Foundation? 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. Last August, when we reported on the Zeitoun Foundation’s questionable finances, we discovered that at least $161,331 (during the year 2009) was siphoned off to a shadowy organization named Jableh, LLC. I thought I was going to pass out. Zeitoun is a supposedly non-fiction account of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his wife Kathy during Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman has remained in jail, with the bail set at more than $1 million. 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. Legal advocacy groups are fighting such extended detentions across the South and the country. Curbside service will be available daily from 9:30-5:30. Then, in July 2012, Abdulrahman Zeitoun allegedly blocked her vehicle outside of her lawyer’s office on Prytania Street, got out and beat her with a tire iron on the sidewalk. but until now zeitoun had been fortunate. David J. Arrick, Partner At six months, detainees have a right to habeas corpus relief, but that fight can drag on for months longer, she said. Yet Kathy told The Times-Picayune‘s Laura Maggi that the Zeitouns were not involved in the foundation. If The Zeitoun Foundation could file its documents in a timely manner or be transparent about the way it disseminates grants, we wouldn’t have to make sure that it was in the clear. During the year 2009, Press Street issued $62,500 in grant money to The Zeitoun Foundation, designated to “rebuilding and cultural awareness grants to New Orleans area non-profits and to other national organizations.” Obliged to reveal the grantees over $5,000, the 2009 990 contains a schedule listing the following organizations: There’s one big problem with this. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. 11/18/2012 UPDATE: We made efforts to talk with Mr. Eggers in person about these charges and more. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. 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. “Most people can handle that, but the more money he was given, the more properties he acquired … we were no longer worthy.”. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is an immigrant from Syria who in 2005 owned a successful house-painting business in New Orleans. As he claimed in a Rumpus interview, “I think you get the most accuracy when you involve your subjects as much as possible. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. They took away my prep time. Zeitoun was an immigrant from Syria. She also reported earlier beatings by her husband. Kathy Zeitoun. He did not return our email.) He’s a great guy, a believer. 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. Learn more about Zeitoun in the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative digital collection. This represents over $250,000 in grants, distributed over the course of three years, that has no clear or fully accountable trail. (We did, however, receive a threatening email from an attorney. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. 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. [1], In late August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached the city, Kathy and their four children left New Orleans for Baton Rouge. It got worse, she said, after she left him and took her children to live in one of several properties the couple owned together. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. 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. 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. 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. 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. She wanted to break him. In two corners of the world, there are more important events going on. Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun was one of the rare books that managed to turn an Entertainment Weekly review and a lengthy Times-Picayune profile into advertisements for a charitable foundation. Into this mix we find Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun and their daughters, Muslim Americans who made their home in New Orleans, LA. Title: US Summer Reading Selections 2019, Author: Norfolk Academy, Name: US Summer Reading Selections 2019, Length: 16 pages, Page: 16, Published: 2019-05-14 . Kathy Zeitoun is an equally strong figure, deflecting the constant muttered tweaks of her family. You may find it useful to record your responses to the texts you choose in … In our efforts to answer these questions, Michelle Quint, the accountable director for Zeitoun, refused to return our phone calls or emails, nor did anybody at McSweeney’s. You have permission to edit this article. 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. 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. “All author proceeds from this book go to the Zeitoun Foundation,” reads the beginning of a clearly stated note at the end of Zeitoun, which is followed by a list of nonprofit organizations that will receive the proceeds. In a place like Syria, the infrastructure doesn't exist for that to happen.". A man faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, with his wife still frightened for her life. He lets go of the tire iron and starts punching me, then he started ripping the flesh from my side through my clothes. Abdulrahman Zeitoun known simply as Zeitoun is a prosperous Syrian-American in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits in 2005. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers.' 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. Kathy Zeitoun said the third man was the husband of her longtime friend and not her boyfriend. He becomes increasingly more afraid as Todd asks a passing soldier why they’re here, and the soldier says that they are al Qaeda. I think I sent the manuscript to the Zeitouns for six or seven reads. As of November 14th, the Zeitoun Foundation website has not been updated. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a Syrian-American man who lived in New Orleans with his wife Kathy and their children. Governor Blanco. 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. The website will provide more detailed information about the grant recipients. Nobody is talking. There was a lot to discuss. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. 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. so many of their muslim friends had been interviewed, forced to send in documents and hire lawyers. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. 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. I will support him if I have to for the rest of his life.”. The Zeitoun Foundation is an organization ostensibly intended as grantor for post-Katrina rebuilding initiatives. 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. Throughout these developments, Eggers has remained silent, save for a statement that appeared on the Zeitoun Foundation’s website which has since been deleted. The 990 lists another organization by the name of Jableh, LLC, which was incorporated on July 16, 2009 and lists Dave Eggers as the registered agent for the organization. I can’t run. Learn more about Zeitoun in … Die Reportage erzählt aber auch, wie die Amerikanerin Kathy zum Islam konvertierte – Dave Eggers lässt Raum dafür, wie die junge Frau die Religion entdeckt, sich von Irrtümern freiliest und freiwillig beginnt, ein Kopftuch zu tragen. That’s a laudable goal, but this faith-based approach is somewhat different from the foundation’s stated reconstruction goals. Call or text 970-729-8129. 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. (To follow along, here’s the 2009 990 (PDF) and the 2010 990 (PDF).) Kathy had suffered abuse from the beginning of her marriage to Abdulrahman. Dave Eggers is running away from the truth. The New York Times Book Review‘s Timothy Egan suggested that Eggers was a modern-day “Charles Dickens, his sentimentality in check but his journalistic eyes wide open.” But Eggers has glossed over a good deal more than what Egan has insinuated. The foundation has failed to file a single Annual Report since its registration date on August 3, 2009. 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. 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.”. In Zeitoun, after the National Guard forcefully brings Zeitoun to “Camp Greyhound”, Zeitoun is initially astonished and confused. So why would Press Street allocate funds through The Zeitoun Foundation to publish books that have little to do with its mission statement? Especially when Press Street itself has been publishing books that are more directly related to New Orleans and Katrina. Website: www.boascpas.com. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. 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 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.) 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”). It is with the 2010 990 that the Press Street/Zeitoun Foundation finances become especially murky. In spannendem Ton und mit realistischen Bildern schildert Dave Eggers, wie es Zeitoun inzwischen ergeht, und was er in der Zeit seines Alleinseins in der Stadt erlebt. They caught little inaccuracies each time.”. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. They did live in an area that got hurricanes yearly. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. At least that’s what we see on the surface. Zeitoun is a nonfiction book written by Dave Eggers and published by McSweeney's in 2009. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. Get more info at our website www.telluridelibrary.org.. A partir del 11/28, la biblioteca no permitirá la entrada. 2019-02-28 12:57:58 All enjoyed this book. Ein Unterschied: Die Katastrophe wird zeitlich, örtlich und in ihrer Ursache genau fixiert: Der Hurrikan „Katrina“ vom Spätsommer 2005, der… “Not just the fame from the book, but the way people were talking to him, just that he’s this wonderful thing,” she said. [Dave Eggers] -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents Kathy & Abdulrahman Zeitoun are cast into unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind & water. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American, and his wife Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. The Zeitoun Foundation is an organization ostensibly intended as grantor for post-Katrina rebuilding initiatives. Without them, he may not have made it inside this swank Wall Street ballroom. Our investigative report reveals how the McSweeney’s foundation has allocated its funds. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached, Kathy evacuated with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In his youth, he worked in many fields and had learned several crafts during his youth and in the story, he is a painter. Mr. Zeitoun, … She informed us by email that she had become involved with Eggers’s philanthropy because Eggers had been “a longtime supporter of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts,” the high school arts conservatory where Gisleson teaches creative writing. One legal avenue would have required him to show "a clear probability of persecution" should he return to Syria, and the other "a clear probability" of being tortured by or with approval of the Syrian government. Mr. Zeitoun has also been indicted for attempted first-degree murder and solicitation. We reached out to various representatives from McSweeney’s by telephone and email, but they refused to speak with us. Cox said ICE considers "several factors" when evaluating continued detention, including "risk of flight, danger to the community, and whether there is a significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably foreseeable future. In 2009, Dave Eggers self-published Zeitoun, a well-received nonfiction volume which told the story of a hard-working Syrian-American painter in New Orleans who emerged as a hero during Hurricane Katrina. Therefore, not all of the organizations receiving grants from the Zeitoun Foundation are dedicated to Katrina relief projects. Zeitoun is being held on $999,000 bond for the solicitation to murder charges and $150,000 for the domestic abuse charge. Don’t make it worse,” while approaching a bus station. Just how many people fit in that category is uncertain. Zeitoun entstand aus dem Buch Voices of the Storm des Projekts Voice of Witness. 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 on Wednesday, the New Orleans police charged him with plotting to have Kathy Zeitoun, her son and another man murdered. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orle-ans. In 2006, Voice of Witness published the book Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath. Kathleen Babineux Blanco is the governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. He is also fleeing inquiries from other reporters. But since 2009, Voice of Witness’s activities have not involved Katrina or New Orleans at all. They would further like to clarify that the Zeitoun Foundation does no active fundraising. Shouldn’t it keep proper records by now? On October 18th, Kathy Zeitoun testified in court about the abuses: He starts beating me in the back with this tire iron. We did manage to get through to McSweeney’s by telephone, where a young and somewhat nervous male voice informed us that “someone will get back to you very shortly.” We are still waiting. We also received this threatening email from attorney David J. Arrick on August 17, 2012: The attorneys and accountants who initially set up and continually consult with the Zeitoun Foundation have been made aware of your website. According to Eggers’s book, Jableh is where Abdulrahman Zeitoun was born and lived for a while. “After the book, Zeitoun, was released, the author and the Zeitoun family decided on a number of nonprofit organizations to which they would direct proceeds from the book. "Why are they not holding him? Kathy Zeitoun is an equally strong figure, deflecting the constant muttered tweaks of her family. Shouldn’t this statement be released on the main McSweeney’s site? The Foundation was created to disburse proceeds from the book, Zeitoun, and to bring attention to the exemplary nonprofits to which it awards grants. On November 8th, Zeitoun was indicted for attempted first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. “I’m so tired of it, really. “It’s the physical inability to deport someone. “Now I have to look around and hope nobody jumps from out of the bushes,” she said. Quint did not return our emails or telephone calls for comment. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. Eggers is certainly in a position to say something and emerge from this contretemps with some integrity, yet he wishes to pretend as if nothing terrible has gone on. That’s because Zeitoun’s native country of Syria, which he left decades ago before arriving to the U.S. aboard an oil tanker, is engulfed in a war with no end in sight, and has no diplomatic relations in place to facilitate his deportation there. 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”). Ahmad is Zeitoun's older brother with whom he has the closest relationship. The book chronicled the couple’s life before and after Zeitoun was arrested on a bogus charge and sat locked away for months after helping shuttle his neighbors to safety through fetid floodwaters and keeping abandoned dogs in his neighborhood fed. Abdulrahman has remained in jail, with the bail set at more than $1 million. He grabbed my face and dug his claws, his fingernails, in my face. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. A missionary delivering bibles to prisoners is persuaded by Zeitoun's pleas of innocence and calls Kathy despite his concerns. COVID-19: Physical GCLD branches are open to the public with reduced hours (). It listed Dave Eggers as the registered agent. It's a little-known fact that immigrant felons are regularly ordered to be deported, only to be released for lack of any takers. Abdulrahman Zeitoun known simply as Zeitoun is a prosperous Syrian-American in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits in 2005. A native of Baton Rouge, Kathy converted to Islam before meeting Zeitoun. As we reported at length on November 14, 2012, he ran away from us. And as we have established above, the books don’t quite fit in with the foundation’s stated goals. 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. If it were up to Kathy Zeitoun, her ex-husband would be locked up until peace comes to Syria. Disgraced Katrina literary hero Abdulrahman Zeitoun ordered deported, but released after prison term, BY JOHN SIMERMAN | [email protected] All this should be outlined on the foundation’s website. 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