Monday, August 14, 2006

Allyson Schwartz “Didn’t Care”

Lansdale Reporter depicts Joseph and Cathie Nasife’s harrowing ordeal.

Joseph and Cathie Nasife and their family were stuck in a nightmare for two weeks.

They didn’t know if they were going to get out alive‚ especially when so many around them were dying.

It started out simple and safe enough.

The Nasifes were to go to Lebanon for their son’s wedding‚ and return home in a matter of days.

They arrived on July 5 and the wedding was four days later.

Then‚ on July 11‚ as they were sitting in their resort‚ The LaTourneaunt‚ in the northern part of the country‚ they heard the beginning of their problems.

“At 4 p.m.‚ we heard what we thought were loud blasts‚” Cathie said. “My husband speaks Arabic‚ and he heard them say in Arabic‚ ‘there are bombs.’ Right then and there we said we’re leaving.”

The Nasifes even contacted those that represent them: U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz‚ D-13‚ and U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick‚ R-8.

“We called Schwartz‚ and someone in her office said we would get back to you. They never did‚” Cathie said. “Schwartz did absolutely nothing – and she’s our representative.”