A shady businessman with questionable Middle-Eastern ties?
A Lebanese nationalist who intends to pass laws favorable to Lebanon?
You be the judge
“I hope to help Lebanon by issuing laws in America to protect Lebanon… As in America there is a law for the protection of Israel, a situation that never changes, no matter [who] the president of the United States is, I will try to put in place a similar law to protect Lebanon… ”
- Nicolas Kimaz, Jabalna Magazine, 5/24/2018I [translated from Arabic via Google Translate]
Nicolas Kimaz was born in 1960 as “Nicolas Imaz.” Per his campaign website,II he fled Lebanon in 1978 at age 15 to “escape the life of a child soldier,” though he was well over 15 years of age by 1978.
Since then, Kimaz became a naturalized citizen, moved to Hollywood to produce or direct films for a few years.III In 1994, he switched careers, after a “spiritual awakening” he describes on his website:
Through a spiritual vision and awakening in 1994, Nicolas Kimaz was directed to forego a life of privilege and prestige as a Hollywood producer/director to return to his home country and address the dire healing needs of a broken world. He has studied naturopathic healing at Clayton College and since has become a renowned naturopath, master herbalist and business consultant.
Since then, Kimaz established an herbal supplement business called Lifelong, which promotes his vision for “the Arab world to go natural.”IV Its marketing is mainly done through its website as well as through Youtube promo videos such as the one seen here.
In July 2017, the self-proclaimed “healer” Nicolas Kimaz moved to Boca Raton, Florida and registered to vote with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office soon thereafter.V He is married with three children, “all of whom reside in Lebanon,” per his business website, although his campaign website claims he and his family all live in Boca Raton.
CAN NICOLAS KIMAZ BE TRUSTED TO REPRESENT US IN CONGRESS?
Where does Kimaz REALLY live?
- His business website invites readers to visit him at his “healing center in the mountains of Lebanon to spend a day, a week, or whatever is needed to facilitate your healing.”VI
- He maintains no U.S. bank accounts, and the only property he owns is located in Zahle, Lebanon, per his Financial Disclosure Report.VII
- He listed his current residence as Beirut, Lebanon on a Facebook profile as recently as 2011.
Did Kimaz really permanently move to the United States? If elected, would he split his time between Washington and Beirut where his business is? How much time would he be able to dedicate to his constituents in Broward and Palm Beach?
Shady businessman with questionable Middle-Eastern ties
Kimaz bills himself as a “world renown healer, life coach, entrepreneur, consultant, author, broadcaster, naturopath, herbalist lecturer, and businessman”VIII
But how successful is he?
- Indeed, Kimaz has established several health “clinics” throughout the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, and a number of Western African nationsIX – but none in the region’s most stable democracy and economy of Israel. Why?
- In 2016, the Health Ministry of Lebanon banned all of Kimaz’s Lifelong Company products from store shelves.X
- Per his Financial Disclosure Report, Kimaz’s bank accounts are all in Lebanese banks (no U.S. banks are listed).XI
A Lebanese nationalist who intends to pass laws favorable to Lebanon
If elected to Congress, Nicolas Kimaz has vowed to enact legislation favorable to his birth country of Lebanon. Earlier this year, he granted a Lebanese publication an interview where he stated unequivocally:
“I hope to help Lebanon by issuing laws in America to protect Lebanon… As in America there is a law for the protection of Israel, a situation that never changes, no matter [who] the president of the United States is, I will try to put in place a similar law to protect Lebanon…” -Nicolas Kimaz, Jabalna Magazine, 5/24/2018XII [translated from Arabic via Google Translate]
On his campaign website, he claims to want to fight for American values and interests, but a quick browse through Kimaz’s business website quest4truthacademy.com/about casts doubt on his national allegiance.