WEB DESK: While some people are worried at the numbers fleeing Syria and the consequences of millions of Syrian refugees in Europe, it has recently been discovered and gone viral on social media that arch innovator from California’s Silicon Valley, founder of Apple Computer, NeXt and Pixar, Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as movies such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo, Steve Jobs was no other than a son of a Syrian.
Jobs was born in California and his father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, 84, was a political migrant from the Syrian city of Homs, that has been devastated now in the ongoing civil war. Jandali is living in Nevada these days.
Jandali is a non-practicing Muslim and hasn’t been on the Hajj, but he has stated that he believes in Islam in doctrine and culture.
“I have never experienced any problem or discrimination in the United States because of my religion or race. Other than my accent, which might sometimes suggest that I’m from another country, I have completely integrated in society here,” he is quoted as saying in a Lebanese news website.
At 18 Jandali left Syria for Lebanon to continue his studies at the American University of Beirut. He described Beirut as the city “where I spent the best days of my life”.
At the university he was an activist for Arab nationalism, and demonstrated for the independence of Algeria and even spent three days in prison.