Steve Jobs Too Was of Syrian Origin

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LONDON: The online tech community has rallied around the story of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, pointing out that the children of Syrian migrants include the man who invented the iPhone.

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who died in 2011 and is subject of an upcoming biopic by British director Danny Boyle, was the son of a Syrian man who moved to the US to study in the 1950s.

Abdul Fattah Jandali was born in 1931 to a well-off family in Homs, Syria — a city now most famous as the scene of some of the worst fighting in the country’s ongoing civil war.

He and his partner Joanne Carole Schieble had Jobs out of wedlock and were forced to give him up for adoption. They later married, and had Jobs’ biological sister Mona Simpson.

Though Jobs’ story is a world away from that of Aylan, whose death last week prompted international outrage, a simple post noting their shared Syrian heritage has been shared thousands of times on social media. Agencies

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