More than half of the states’ governors in the U.S. have declared that they will not accept any Syrian refugees, citing security fears after the recent Paris attacks. While the governors’ legal authority actually to do so remains highly dubious, the refugee crisis quickly has become ground zero for a prolonged and pitched cultural battle, with opponents warning that the U.S. would be foolish to admit large numbers of Syrians as Europe has. Those sympathetic to the refugees’ plight struck back yesterday, as Twitter users reminded the world that Steve Jobs, the creator of the Mac and the iPhone who passed away in 2011, was the son of a Syrian migrant.
A Syrian migrants’ child. pic.twitter.com/sjBxuInpEp
— David Galbraith (@daveg) September 2, 2015
As reported in The Independent, at the start of the Syrian refugee crisis, Job’s background was cited broadly within the tech community, but after recent statements by U.S. politicians, the memes and tweets began recirculating.
According to MacWorld, when the refugee crisis began, Twitter users had pointed out how Syrian migrants have aided culture, business and technology in the West, most notably the biological father of Jobs, Abdul Fattah Jandali, who is still living in Nevada. Jandali was a political migrant born in 1931 to a well-off family in Homs, Syria, a city facing some of the worst fighting in Syria’s present civil war. Jandali moved to the US to study in the 1950s.
Similar to the refugees today, Jandali left the Middle East due to political instability and conflict. At university he was an activist for Arab nationalism, and he demonstrated for the independence of Algeria, winding up in prison for three days. Jandali removed himself
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