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The Syrian American Forum (SAF) is a not for profit organization that seeks to educate the Syrian American community and the general public as to political, social and economic events occurring in the United States and Syria.

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Message of The Board

Message from the chairman


Dear​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​colleagues,

As​ ​the​ ​holiday​ ​season​ ​approaches,​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​wish​ ​you​ ​all​ ​our​ ​members​, ​and​ ​friends happy​ ​holidays.​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​wish​ ​peace​ ​and​ ​prosperity​ ​upon​ ​our​ ​mother​ ​country​ ​Syria; may​ ​God​ ​bless​ ​Syria​ ​and​ ​its​ ​people​ ​for​ ​what​ ​they​ ​endured​ ​over​ ​the​ ​past​ ​six​ ​years.

As​ ​Syrians​ ​celebrate​ ​the​ ​sweeping​ ​victory​ ​achieved​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Syrian​ ​Army​ ​and​ ​their​ ​allies over​ ​terrorism,​ ​and​ ​after​ ​taking​ ​control​ ​of​ ​that​ ​last​ ​city​ ​ISIS​ ​held​ ​in​ ​Syria,​ ​the​ ​dust​ ​is settling​ ​and​ ​the​ ​truth​ ​is​ ​resurfacing.​ ​The​ ​pendulum​ ​is​ ​swinging​ ​in​ ​favor​ ​of​ ​Syria​ ​and​ ​the patriot​ ​Syrian​ ​people​ ​who​ ​stood​ ​up​ ​courageously​ ​against​ ​a​ ​massive​ ​storm​ ​that​ ​wanted to​ ​destroy​ ​our​ ​beloved​ ​country. 

We​ ​should​ ​all​ ​combine​ ​our​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​rebuild​ ​what​ ​evil​ ​has​ ​destroyed.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​can​ ​be accomplished​ ​by :

  1. Keep​ ​on​ ​educating​ ​our​ ​community​ ​about​ ​Syria​ ​and​ ​shed​ ​light​ ​on​ ​the​ ​facts.

  2. Work​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​help​ ​rebuild​ ​our​ ​country,​ ​support​ ​tourism,​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​refugees​ ​back to​ ​ Syria.

  3. Encourage​ ​international​ ​airlines​ ​to​ ​fly​ ​to​ ​Damascus​ ​airport​ ​once​ ​again.

  4. Write​ ​to​ ​our​ ​senators​ ​and​ ​congressmen​ ​to​ ​lift​ ​the​ ​unjust​ ​economic​ ​sanctions​ ​on Syria.​ ​ Syria​ ​was​ ​never​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​any​ ​terrorist​ ​activity​ ​and​ ​has​ ​never​ ​attacked​ ​a sovereign​ ​ country.​ ​Syria​ ​was​ ​a​ ​victim​ ​of​ ​terrorists​ ​that​ ​were​ ​funded​ ​by​ ​radical government​ ​in​ ​the​ ​region. 

  5. Work​ ​toward​ ​having​ ​a​ ​better​ ​relationship​ ​between​ ​the​ ​US​ ​and​ ​Syria,​ ​then encourage​ ​US​ ​companies​ ​to​ ​invest​ ​and​ ​help​ ​rebuild​ ​Syria. 

As​ ​expatriates​ ​we​ ​should​ ​do​ ​our​ ​job​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​peace,​ ​encourage​ ​people​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​Syria, and​ ​rebuild​ ​bridges​ ​that​ ​were​ ​damaged​ ​by​ ​inaccurate​ ​media​ ​and​ ​financed​ ​by​ ​radicals. 
I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​end​ ​by​ ​wishing​ ​everyone​ ​a​ ​very​ ​Merry​ ​Christmas​ ​and​ ​happy​ ​New​ ​Year.​ ​May God​ ​bless​ ​our​ ​mother​ ​country​ ​Syria​ ​and​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​of​ ​America.

 Dr. ​Nasser​ ​Ani , MD,FACS,FRCSC



Syrian American Vibes

Tony Khawam Paintings  

Tony Khawam, an active SAF member, was invited to display paintings of his Syria-Aleppo Urban Landscaping series at the Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) at Boward County Convention Center in Oct 2017. It was a success. For more information please visit


Notes and Events

A contribution from a SAF member, Sandy Simon


Finally, good news from Syria!

Summer of 2017 has witnessed exciting and positive events in Syria that people of Syrian heritage everywhere can celebrate. Latest news by the international press and Minnesota-based MintPress News report the continuing victories of the Syrian government as it defeats the brutal ISIS, Al Qaida, and Al Nusra extremists who have devastated much of Iraq and Syria these past years. In the United States, more than 4 million Americans proudly claim their Syrian heritage, including the late Steve Jobs, creator and former CEO of Apple, Inc. And there are an estimated 40-50 million in South and Central America and the Caribbean who proudly proclaim their Syrian heritage. Brazil itself has 12 million alone.

More good news!

Reports tell us more than 500,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon have returned to their homes and cities in Syria and have begun rebuilding their lives and resumed educating their children. They are carrying the same genes of most Syrians over the past 3,000 years as they faced religious wars and occupation by outside forces for centuries. They are once again calling on their genetic traits of resilience, tenacity and self-responsibility as they gratefully return to their homeland to rebuild once again.

Many, of course, will settle in foreign countries of Europe and the Western world. There, they will follow their predecessors who came for freedom and opportunity and became solid, prosperous citizens. Naturally and, it seems, genetically, their entrepreneurial spirit will drive them to succeed on their own without government handouts which they tend to eschew. Their priorities, values and mores induce them to ensure their good citizenship, education of their children, success and civic contributions.

Syrian immigrants everywhere have added significantly and been of great benefit to their host countries including Europe, Egypt, South America, Canada and the United States, just like my parents who also sought freedom, safety and opportunity in the United States when they escaped the cruel Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s. The Lebanese and Syrians of America have and will continue to help America “become great again” as President Trump urges.

Sandy Simon


An American Housewife in Syria

New England chapter hosted Janice Kortkamp who is an independent journalist from Virginia and visited Syria 4 times in the last two years.
The presentation took place on November 19 at Boston College and the title was “ An American housewife in Syria “
Here is the link: