Geneticist Pierre Zalloua has found traces of Phoenician DNA in Lebanon's Muslim and Christian communities. But not in Joseph Tabat.
"I was always intrigued as to why I look different to the rest of the guys in high school," he said. "I'm a red-head with freckles." Tabat's DNA matched types found in France and Spain, perhaps a sign that one of his ancestors was a European who arrived in the Middle East during the Crusades. [Link]Note that having one Western European ancestor 1,000 years ago does not cause red hair and freckles. If it did, redheads wouldn't be going extinct.