When Kathy tells Zeitoun’s family he’s safe, his elder brother tells her she should lie to the family. This is the first run through Zeitoun experiences what the media is depicting as the truth of New Orleans after Katrina. With no alternative explanations and approval from religious and political leaders, the Egyptian government accepted the apparitions as true. Zeitoun was a family man and had a great desire to begin his own family. The staff of the church had: Stefan below gives an excellent reason to believe the apparitions were an illusion. Nuns of the Society of the Sacred Heart also witnessed the apparitions and sent a detailed report to the Vatican, resulting in the arrival of an envoy on April 28 who also saw the apparitions and sent a report to Pope Paul VI[citation needed]. [2] However, a church custodian suggested the figure was the Virgin Mary, which greatly excited the crowd. So, which explanation is less of a stretch? As the apparition appeared over a Coptic church, the Vatican left the investigation to the Coptic authorities. St. Mark's Avenue Press. I would really appreciate any help I can get! Zeitoun may read like a novel and feel like a novel, but it isn't. What did you think of that? It tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans, Louisiana, who chose to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his Uptown home. Opportunity – They knew exactly where to hide evidence and what not to show to any investigators, and the rest of the time they had that roof all to themselves. And we have the video to prove it. Unfortunately, the real epilogue of the story of the Zeitouns came three years after the book was published. [18][19][20], "The Apparitions Of The Blessed Holy Virgin Mary". Analysis The narration begins with the protagonist Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s recollections of nights spent fishing in his hometown of Jableh, on the coast of Syria. The Zeitoun incident refers to the Israeli military incursion, led by the Givati Brigade unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), into the Zeitoun district of Gaza as part of the three-week 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, also known as the Gaza War, in the Arab world as the Gaza Massacre, and, in Israel, as Operation Cast Lead.. Also, how do you explain contradicting miracles? Kathy Zeitoun. Investigations performed by the police could find no apparent explanation. I do not accept that there are such things as miracles. Stefan answers the question 'What do you think of the Zeitoun apparitions?' Youssef G. Kamell/ John P. Jackson/ Rebecca S. Jackson (1996): A Lady of Light Appears in Egypt. In Zeitoun Egypt, 1900’s, over a million people saw what appeared to be the Virgin Mary on top of a church. People who believe nonsense of the Zeitoun sort will find that it’s the sort of thing they believe in (sic), to misquote from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. In the novels, All American Boys, a Thousand Splendid Suns, and Zeitoun, the central protagonists make major decisions that set themselves in opposition to the expectations of society, family and friends. L'incroyable apparition de Marie à des millions d'Egyptiens. So the national Guardsmen who were giving Zeitoun such a hard time knew what they were doing, but they chose to ignore the truth, and just do what they wanted to do. He remembers how the men would hold lanterns over the water to draw sardines to their rods. So the question is: Is it more likely that somebody faked an appearing Maria in order to pursue his own interests or is it more likely that there actually is a supernatural entity proving her existence? What do you think of the Zeitoun apparitions? As I said at the start, nobody could go up to look closely during a performance. Do you think it is a hoax? Disclaimer: Answers published on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone other than the author of the answer in question. Zeitoun on IMDb: Movies, Tv, Celebrities, and more... Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events "When Mary Returned to Egypt", "Parasociology: Marian Apparitions at El-Zeitoun and Social Psi (Part 2)", "Mass Delusions and Hysterias: Highlights from the Past Millennium", "Geophysical Variables and Behavior: LIV. This Blog is dedicated to the Truth Movement with news analysis and commentary. Means – The police determined that the images weren’t projected. He met Kathy, an American woman who was a single mother and had converted to Islam after going through a bitter divorce. Either God doesn’t want us to believe because of miracles, then he shouldn’t do any. There are some other contradictions that come up if you believe in miracles, but let’s look at the other explanation for comparison: Someone faked the Maria appearance in Zaitoun and fooled witnesses, just like millions of tourists are fooled every year by Las Vegas magicians. According t… [7] Cynthia Nelson was a professor of anthropology at American University in Cairo and the founding director of the Institute of Gender and Women's Studies. [14] The sourcing for the most popular photo is unclear, and some skeptics have pointed out inconsistencies such as the light on the cross being darker than it should, and the apparition seeming translucent despite other photographs and witness testimony describing it as opaque and very bright. "Zeitoun" is an inspiring, tragic and powerful book that will endure decades from now about how America failed at helping New Orleans and the residents of the city during and after Hurricane Katrina. Eggers’s Zeitoun is a heroic and selfless creation, kind and gentle, and his detainment by the authorities makes for a beautiful tale of injustice. I do not, in general, bother with this sort of nonsense. This would not seem to count in this particular phenomenon’s favour. [4] Soon after, the Ministry of Tourism also issued a validation of the sightings, and reportedly began distributing pamphlets. Initially, I thought Zeitoun was a book about the New Orleans hurricane, Katrina. As the story progressed, I came to learn it was a based on true experiences. The appearances came at a period of crisis in Egyptian history and, echoed "a widespread feeling that the defeat of Egypt in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war was the result of having abandoned faith in favor of human-made ideas and belief systems. Already this statement is making a lot of claims. Motive – The apparitions guaranteed the continued existence and popularity of their church for the life of the Orthodox Church itself. Do you think Our Lady of Fatima is a hoax too? [citation needed]. In a nonjudgmental and factual manner, the book recounts failed expectations and lack of accountability by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security in response to the devastation brought to the city by … The lights appeared irregularly for a period of about three years. 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. Is your atheism a problem in your religious family or school? [8], Some authors suggest that the sightings must be considered in context. He is known simply as "Zeitoun" to his many neighbors, friends and loyal clients. [2] A crowd gathered on the site and the police attempted to disperse it. The apparitions of the Blessed Holy Virgin Mary occurred in the Zeitoun district of Cairo, Egypt, over a period of 2-3 years beginning on April 2, 1968. My major reference for Mariology – Marina Warner’s book Alone of all her sex: the myth and the cult of the Virgin Mary (New York: Random House, 1986) – doesn’t mention Zeitoun at all, although it deals with many other ‘vision’ stories. Apparently, the rough-sea sequences in the film are all too realistic. [16] Pope Tawadros II held the four Holy Mass. True/ False After the storm passes, Zeitoun reports that the initial damage is far worse than anything he has ever seen before To help the reader understand Zeitouns later choices. Dignity: After Hurricane Katrina, Zeitoun remarks that many of the people he encounters have lost their dignity because of the storm's affects.He, too, loses his dignity when he is unjustly imprisoned, refused his civil rights, strip searched, etc. (4 minutes and 33 seconds of pure silence). Zeitoun is an impoverished Egyptian town near Cairo where strange lights appeared near the Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Mary on April 2, 1968. Zeitoun's older brother who was a champion ocean swimmer - died when he was 24 from a car accident in Egypt - role model for Zeitoun to be brave/ambitious. The first apparition of the Virgin Mary at Zeitoun was recorded on the evening of April 2, 1968, when a Muslim bus mechanic named Farouk Mohammed Atwa, who worked across the street from St. Mary's Coptic Church in Zeitoun, supposedly thought he saw a woman attempting suicide by jumping from the structure. The Egyptian government accepts it as authentic, Coptic Church does, and so does the Catholic Church. Dave Eggers is running away from the truth. Here are a few photos: link. If you want to know how it was done, assuming it actually happened, you should ask magicians/illusionists like James Randi or Derren Brown but see also the story below. This page was last edited on 24 December 2020, at 22:35. ” Zeitoun, an informative novel by author Dave Eggers is a tale about how faith and “courage” can really screw things up. Fayard. Despite the accounts of ongoing, if irregular, visitations by the Marian apparition, Cynthia Nelson documents seeing nothing other than a few 'intermittent flashes of light'. Racism & Post 9/11 Prejudices against Muslims: Zeitoun and his family encounter racism from some people in New Orleans after 9/11. These experiences change the character and it is well known the most solid way to learn something is by experiencing it. A crowd gathered on the site and the police attempted to disperse it. None of this disproves the phenomenon, it just makes it very unlikely to be a miracle. “Zeitoun is a more powerful indictment of America’s dystopia in the Bush era than any number of well-written polemics” (Timothy Egan, New York Times, August 13, … In that case he should perform actual miracles, like moving Mount Everest to a different continent, healing amputees or curing AIDS. In the novel, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, the main character, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, is an immigrant of Syria who stays in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and is arrested due to the suspicion of looting, but … Just the sort of event to attract terrorists, one might suppose. Let’s look at this like a criminal investigation (not that a crime as such took place). In the 2-3 years it was happening for hours at a time, why didn’t anyone just get a ladder and a lunchbox and stake out the roof? LaFave, Peter. Zeitoun’s guiltless and benevolent wanderings in the kayak are hindered by the gathering of equipped men close to his place of business. Hard-working, idealistic Zeitoun is an utterly likeable central character, a Muslim from Syria who's started a prosperous painting company in New Orleans, where he lives with his partner and wife, Kathy, and their four kids. I, personally, witnessed something strange a few years ago. [11], Though the above analyses provide reasons for how the crowd interpreted the lights, they provide no explanations for the light phenomena themselves. Only then was it realised that they were suffering from seasickness. Some names have been changed.” Additionally it states that “it was written with the full participation of the Zeitoun family, and reflects their view of the events”. My question is what do you think this is? Zeitoun's cousin - lets Kathy and the kids stay with them when they pick up Zeitoun from the prison. The most likely explanation is that there were simply objects on the roof itself. “We cannot tell them he’s in prison.” Once again, people are protecting their family members from the truth. Thousands were said to have flocked to the Church after the first announced occurrences of the phenomenon. According to witnesses, the lights would last for a few minutes to a few hours. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the protagonist of Zeitoun, has found community in a number of places: in his family, in New Orleans, in the Muslim community, and in his continued ties to his Syrian relatives in Jableh, where he grew up. Most of the photos are blurry or of low quality, though some do seem to show the Virgin Mary regardless. [6], Estimates of the number of observers of the event vary greatly. It is estimated that from 1968 to 1971, at least one million Egyptians (and numerous foreigners) saw a luminous female figure atop the roof of St. Mary’s (Orthodox) Coptic Church in Zeitoun… Articles "Caire III - Caire X", in: Laurentin, René / Sbalchiero, Patrick (eds. Zeitoun is revered in his adopted city as a fair and hardworking businessman. [javascript protected email address]/*