Abdullah Psycho’s parents speak

West Bank family upset by Michigan teen’s no-show:

The creepy keeps getting creepier…

NABLUS, West Bank (AP) Relatives of a West Bank man whose 16-year-old American girlfriend flew to the Mideast to marry him after they met on the Internet are distraught that she has returned home, and say they still hope to bring the couple together.

Last week, Katherine Lester slipped out of her mother’s house in Gilford, Mich., and boarded a flight to Israel, where the mother of her prospective groom was waiting to pick her up and take her to Jericho.

But U.S. authorities, who had tracked her down through the popular MySpace.com Web site where she had met 20-year-old Abdullah Jinzawi, intercepted her at an Amman, Jordan, stopover on Friday, seized her passport and forced her to go home. She has been in seclusion since returning late Friday.

The wedding is off at least for now.

Sana Jinzawi, Abdullah’s mother, said her son is heartbroken and insisted the two are in love.

“She was going to sign a marriage contract as soon as she got here,” she said, adding that she told Katherine to “bring a pink dress for the engagement party and a white dress for the wedding.”

“She wanted to convert to Islam and wear the head covering and live with us and adopt our culture,” she said.

Jericho, a dusty backwater of 17,000 people, is a place of relative calm in the strife-torn West Bank, where Israelis and Palestinians frequently clash.

Abdullah Jinzawi, who works in his father’s business, delivering goods to minimarkets, is no longer giving interviews. But in a phone interview with WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Mich., on Saturday, he said he met Katherine on the social networking hub seven months ago, that he was a wealthy businessman and that he wanted to marry her. He said he sent her the money for the flight.

“I love her, and no one can pull me away from her,” he told the station. “She’s only mine, you know, and I do love her a lot.” He said he still plans to marry her, once she is old enough.

Sana Jinzawi, who holds an Israeli identity card, said she traveled to Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv to greet the would-be bride last week.

“When she didn’t arrive it was a sad day for us. All kinds of thoughts went through our heads and we asked the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, and they told us she went back to the U.S. from Jordan,” she said.

The mother said her family was taken aback by all the attention the case has received and is afraid the FBI would become involved. They insist they did not want to hurt the girl and had no idea she acted without her parents’ consent.

Hopefully, when she gets older Katherine Lester will realize just how big the mistake she almost made is.

Still doesn’t change the fact that this whole story gives me the jibblies.

25 Comments

  1. Is it the statutory issue (20 and 16), islamophobia, or the Palestinian locale (come on, the guy is rich) that gave you the jibblies — and will you get them again if she marries him when she’s 18? What if it were anywhere else in the Middle East?

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  2. Location or religion have nothing to do with it. I find the level of obsession they have with each other very creepy. And the fact that she’s only 16 does bother me a bit. And if she marries him at 18 that’s her choice because she’ll be recognized legally as an adult.

    And not all Americans are Islamophobic Raj. I’m more of a fanaticphobic. Fanatics from any religion scare me.

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  3. Agreed, this is totally creepy. His families reaction is repulsive. Hope she gets her head straight. 😐

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  4. I was right in my previous posts about the Islamic ties here. The family may be rich compared to other refugee families living in the West Bank, but they are still poor by western standards. They deliver food to minimarts? Puh-LEEze. This is not the definition of a wealthy position.

    Why didnt the mother talk to the Lester mother and father? She went as far as to give her blessing and want to meet the girl at the airport, but didnt go through the bother of making sure it was okay with the Lesters first?

    All muslims foster extreme closeness among their families, including inlaws. The fact that there was no attempt to make this connection is very odd.

    And a family that poor would have made much more money with a kidnapping plot than delivering groceries to the poor residents of a tiny West Bank town.

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  5. I updated my site on this too after doing some research into Islamic weddings. Did you know that a marriage is not valid under islamic law if the bride’s parents do not consent? Also, the bride’s family almost always has to pay a dowry to the man’s family. I think these palestinians, while not exactly planning to kidnap Katherine Lester, certainly indended to shake down the Lesters for a fat dowry and US citizenship for their goth son.

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  6. i think it is a mistake for the girl to fall to the sweet words of the guy. arabs speicalty is their sweet words. this is the same way they reqcruit their jihad suicide bomber. if the guy really want to marry her and she really want to embrace his culture, i hope i wont hear a story they are living in usa. it will just prove that he is using her to go to america and that she is plain stupid to see it.

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  7. Sorry Belchspeak but your second “fact” was incorrect. The husband has to pay the wife her dowry, plus all her living expensives &amp luxury items (provided they are not poor).

    iflexs, your whole comment was retarded, stop being such a hater. and btw, MUSLIM men’s words are much sweeter &amp more respectful than a creepy dude at the bar asking, “whatsup, cutie,” regardless if their Arab or not.

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  8. Hey first of all this iflexs dude is a jew.. he hates arab muslims, why cant he become a peacefull guy.
    second, this girl is now 18 i think DR.phill shouldnt have made a big deal out of it.you can see clearly that they love each other. that is just tottal discrimination.

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  9. The dude looks white and definitely can pass for white. In fact the police will stop me before they stop him anywhere in this country..that is the reason the girl consented. Had she been at least as dark as I am, she would have said forget it.

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  10. “arabs speicalty is their sweet words. this is the same way they reqcruit their jihad suicide bomber.”

    Arab specialty is passing for white while the police profile dark skinned Hindu South Asians from South India..that is the reality.

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  11. He seems to me a good man ,why not? you have to believe that arabs are not as your media shows them,they are good ,nice and respectable,they love to be friendly and to show respect,if you saw by media some violance acts came over by some of them,remember what do they feel ,all what media shows are people who are trying to defend their home,you must know them well before you judge them,at least try to know something about their religion,Islam which gives women peace and freedom,ask Kathren herself and she will tell you when she visited Palastine what did she see their?!is it the same as she thought before,she and abdullah are just teenagers who wanted to try something different,they simply love each other,she was in love with him,did you see her when she was holding his hand in such a romantic way!!??but then her family put her under pressure and MADE her say those things after a long love story,that’s what I think,thanks to you,be aware that i am as a muslim woman who lives very happily with my beloved husband who cares so much about me and who respects me so much,i love you all americans even if you hate me because my religion tought me what LOVE is .

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  12. Ladies and Gentlemen.
    Let’s not blow this out of proportion. It’s very simple and obvious. Abdullah just wanted to feel free for a change. Free to live, free to love. It must be hell lving in a nation that has been thriving for freedom for the last 60 years. He met Katherine online, and they fell for each other. They are both to blame equally. Him for thinking that they could live happily ever after and she for being dumb enough for beleiving that this could work out. They have both acted immaturely and deserve a good walopping on the back of their head. being over 18 doesnt necessarily mean they are adults. Adulthood is responibility, not just an age.
    I think the whole media coverage has given the issue too much attention. If they were both left alone, katherine would be back home in 2 weeks begging for her parents’ forgiveness, and Abdullah would be searching for a wife. They would have both realized thatthey had their crazy/immature crazy moment and gotten over it.

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  13. we can see that they are love eachother , i think that all this problem from mr dr phil and america becuase that he is an arab man .. i’m muslim and i want to say that we aren’t terrorists , if you really want to know us !! please read and search about facts before judge .. we are really friendly and love all people and our religion ” islam ” tought us to love all and to publish peace for all people muslim or not muslim .. i love u all american and everybody … and plz try to know the fact and don’t follow and believe the lying of media ways .. thanks for all .. with all my best wishes for all .. we are REALLY love you .. i hate all media ways because they made you thinking about us negatively 😦

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  14. I watched Dr. Phil and this episode of Katherine and Abdullah. My daughter is engaged to be married to a Palestinian young man of 25, I stayed with his parents and family, including him for more than a week and found them to be civil, courteous, most honorable, respectable decent people. I am Muslim and far from being a terrorist. Katherine spoke an untruth when she said they were’nt able to marry because she is Christian. Muslim men are allowed to marry Christian and Jewish women. It seemed that Abdullah had no chance from the beginning and he also lied when he said swearing and name calling was a done thing. This is very wrong. I am married to a Kuwaiti and he never swears but treats me like a queen. Before anyone can comment, I truly recommend that the Western world research the truth about Islam, The Middle East and its wonderful rich heritage and cultures. Muslims are not war warriors, we can’t help for what the Western world has imposed on the Middle East, but lets leave politics and religion out of this, we are all human beings and we all need love and peace. People who live in glass houses shoudnt throw stones. Allow God in all His Might to be the Judge of His creation. I hope that Katherine has come to her senses, if she were my daughter I would have really given her the hiding of her life I also blame her parents for her running away.
    A reader wrote on here that the bride’s parents have to pay a dowry, this is misguided information. The Bridegroom from a Arab family pays for everything, wedding dress, wedding party, gifts for all the brides sisters and Mother. He also gives his bride a lot of gold as gifts as her dowry.

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  15. Ilona,
    thank u very much and that’s the fact which i want everybody to know it .. and i want to say also that if anyone tries to ask any foreign people who visited our countries for entertainment or others , they will say that our arab countries are very nice and many of them will say that he loves arabs people ! .. so i hope that i can reveal this problem for all who don’t know us and judge before treating with us

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  16. she still love abdullah but dr phill feel angry coz she loves arab guy, and he was acting like arab guys r dangerous and he was warning girls to make a relationship with arab guys

    so dat i thoink dr phil he is the sick one and he need for a doctor

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  17. hey !…

    well….i wonder how things would be if Abdullah was American or even European !!
    or imagine this lady was Palestinian !
    Unfortuntly, we heard the published story…and only god knows what really happens
    May God bless them both…and bless all the readers…

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  18. He seema to me a good man ,why not? you have to believe that arabs are not as your media shows them,they are good ,nice and respectable,they love to be friendly and to show respect,if you saw by media some violance acts came over by some of them,remember what do they feel ,all what media shows are people who are trying to defend their home,see iraq ! why iraqi people do not hate americans even though they invade them,they came over all the distance to kill them and enter their houses while they were safe at their home!! but still iraqies do not hate americans because they understand that maybe most of americans do not agree with war…so you must think of arab the same way,you must know them truely before you judge them,at least try to know something about their religion,Islam which gives women peace and freedom,ask Kathren herself and she will tell you when she visited Palastine what did she see their?!is it the same as she thought before,she and abdullah are just teenagers who wanted to try something different,they simply love each other,she was in love with him,did you see her when she was holding his hand in such a romantic way!!??but then her family put her under a pressure and MADE her say those things after a long love story,that’s what I think,thanks to you,and I muslim woman who lives very happily with my beloved husband who care so much about me and who respects me so much,i love you all americans even if you hate me because my religion tuoght me what LOVE is .

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  19. Dr. Phil is a redneck who drew Jericho and the West Bank in general to be a completely war-torn zone Abdullah to be an abusive person and the entire Palestinian and Islamic cultures to be barbaric and “dangerous”.

    Phil’s only intention is to get some PR, and if he truly in the far-fetched propaganda he has spewed, then I seriously doubt the credibility of the institute that bestowed upon him the title of Dr.

    Anyone who believes this crap is real also probably believes that Dan Brown’s work are genuine theology.

    Shame on you Dr. Phil, for breaking apart a perfectly happy, *married* couple.

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  20. It was clear infatuation 2 teenagers so madly and feverishly IN LOVE is actually ridiculous .Was Kathrin prepared to live in that stressful relationship? maybe yes cos she was already sleeping with this man and she is only 16 !!!! the family accepted lallowed her to live in their home with big promises.since arabs marry off their daughter at a very young age I guess they were raedy to let Kathrin do the same I wonder if Kathrin knew that she was to have a minimum of 8 kids???as as time went on she would have been the elder of his 3 other wives.Some Arabs are ruthless I have seen many cses where western women are treated loike trash many have run off with the kids due to the difference in cultures.Its a good thing that Kathrin found someone else just 2 weeks after she landed in USA was that LOVE??????she was brainwashed by this uneducated liar thank GOD she got out of there in time she would have regretted every moment if she chose to live amongst these people.

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  21. Bottom line, right now there is probably some 50 year old fat plumber in idaho, having consentual sex with a 15 year old girl He met on-line.

    The root cause of these problems is that our laws regarding age of consent, are becoming archaic in many situations.

    16 year old people today, have a wealth of knowledge greater than that of previous generations, and the ability to gather an infinite amount more via the internet. Most 16 year olds have cell phones, to communicate and text with there friends. Parents for the most part dress there daughters as 18 year olds. It’s not surprising that more and more often we hear the words consentual sex, with regards to to people of varying ages even though it is still illegal.
    Consentual sex Age of consent vs, statutory rape. Our laws need to become more in-tune with the people they are supposed to protect.

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