Stawri Nicola Khayat (1961-1999)

This Page is dedicated to the Memory of My Brother


God looked around his garden and He found an empty place
He then looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best
He knew you were suffering, He knew you were in pain
He also knew in Heaven you would never hurt again
He saw the roads were getting rough, and the hills harder to climb
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Please be mine" It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone
Part of us went with you, the day God called you home.


To my wonderful Khalo Stawri,
I really miss you lots
And you are always in my thoughts
I pray and pray
Every single day
That you were still here
But you're not, and that causes a tear
However, I know you're happier in heaven now
with God and your mom and dad
So I'll try not to be so sad!
But now what I want to do Is say:
I will always and forever love you!
Well Khalo Stawri I wanted to let you know that you were the best uncle you could ever be and I'm grateful that God sent someone like you on this earth! I want to thank you for everything and especially for loving me so much...I know that you did because you always said," I love you more than I love myself!" Well same goes for you!
Well I'll always be missing you and your wonderful letters, I loved receiving them! Well, I'll see you in heaven, when the time comes but until then remember:
You're always in my heart forever and I love you dearly.
Watch over all of us please
Love you,
Nancy Arshak


To My Khalo Stawri
"I love you always forever, near or far we'll always be together!
Would you know my name and would it be the same if I saw you in heaven?"
I know we both want the answer to be "yes" but is it really? All these questions will remain unanswered until that day. I have your necklace you used to always wear but I don't know if I should be the one to wear it, do I deserve it? At least now we can talk whenever we want and we don't need to worry about long distance charges. Thank you for the
Easter gift. I love you so,so,so,so,so, much.
"So kiss me and smile for me please tell me that you'll wait for me!
Love you always,
Suzie Arshak


Khalo Stawri
"I hate to wake you up to say goodbye..."
But you need to know that
"Even if the stars don't shine
if the heavens burst
and the words don't rhyme
only when I die I'll be by your side
And I love you always"
God has given and taken away a person who has touched my life in more ways then I could express!
Khalo-words could never do justice to how much you mean to me!
p.s. Tell tata and seedo I love them! And make sure God gives you all the messages I send! Till we meet again
I love you forever,
Madelaine Arshak


It is simply hard to believe that Stawri is not there waiting for me at the steps to our house in Damascus Gate, the next time I visit Jerusalem. It is hard for me to believe that he is not standing right now outside the Exchange Shop in Damascus Gate. It is hard for me to believe that Jerusalem is the same with out Stawri. It is hard for me to believe that Stawri is not there this Easter time in Jerusalem. It is hard for me to believe that Stawri is not walking in his usual hurry pace in the Christian Quarter greeting everyone like a victorious hero who has just returned from a won battle.
My Family and I will always miss him greatly. May God rest his soul in Eternal Peace.

Basel J. Samara

Stawri Nicola Khayat

This site is dedicated to the memory of Stawri Nicola Khayat (1961-1999). You can take a tour of the Holy Land and visit historical sites or read selected poetry and news about Jerusalem.

Demographics of Jerusalem

In December 2007, Jerusalem had a population of 747,600.(64% were Jewish, 32% Muslim, and 2% Christian).At the end of 2005, the population density was 5,750.4 inhabitants per square kilometer (14,893.5/sq mi). Nine percent of the Old City's 32,488 people were Jews.