Lebanon is facing calls to expel all Syrian refugees after a young woman was raped and murdered by a migrant who was working as her concierge.
A Syrian national identified only by his initials as BH is thought to have raped and killed 26-year-old Lebanese national Rhea Chidiac inside her home in northern Lebanon.
He came to Lebanon three years ago and worked for the victim’s family and had intended to steal money from the house.
Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon, which is officially at war with Israel.
It was blocked by the government because of the star’s nationality and her support for Israel’s army.
It is no secret that Arab countries have long mistreated their Palestinian brothers and sisters, governing them with inhumane laws and imposing severe restrictions on their public freedoms and basic rights. Building a wall around a Palestinian community to prevent terrorists from entering or leaving, however, has raised the bar on such infringements.
This is precisely what is happening in Lebanon these days. The construction of a security wall around Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp (with a population of nearly 120,000), has drawn sharp criticism from Palestinians and revived memories of the abuse they regularly receive at the hands of their Arab brethren.
The Lebanese authorities say the Palestinians have left them no choice but to build the controversial concrete wall. The Palestinians, they say, refuse to cooperate against terrorists who have established bases within their camps. Yet that problem raises the question: “What has Lebanon done in the past half-century or so to help the Palestinians who fled to that country?” The answer: “Nothing.”
Lebanon has many problems, including sectarian divisions, Iranian influence, spillover from the Syrian civil war, the weakness of its army, the ineffectiveness of its politicians, and the very existence of Hizballah, but Israel’s existence next door is not one of them.
The animosity of Lebanon towards Israel continues today only because it provides a convenient excuse for Hizballah to maintain a formidable arsenal that it uses to control Lebanon and to help its allies in Syria.
Lebanon has a law forbidding its citizens from interacting with Israeli citizens.
The only time Rama, a 24-year-old from Syria, broke down as she recalled her months of torture and sexual enslavement in a human trafficking ring in Lebanon was when she described how she lost her faith.
“Honestly no, I no longer have faith after what happened,” she told the Guardian. “Because when we were beaten, I would say, ‘God, please save us.’ And [my torturer] would say, ‘You whore, you think God will save you?’ And he would beat me more. We couldn’t say the word Allah, not even within our hearts.”
A group of four ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up in a Christian village in Lebanon in killing five people and wounding at least 15.
The National News Agency said the blasts occurred in Qaa, only a few hundred metres away from the Syrian border and that four men were involved in the rare multiple attack.
According to eye witnesses, villagers became suspicious of the men as they were passing through the village around 4am local time.
Recent upheavals in Lebanon are making local Christians communities worry about their existence as heirs and descendants of the first Christians. Christians in the Middle East now are facing a huge genocide — similar to the Christian genocide the followed the Islamic conquest of the Middle East in the 7th century A.D.
Islamic jihadist groups are threatening Lebanese Christians and demanding that they submit to Islam. Lebanon’s Christians, descendants of Aramaic Syriacs, were the majority in the country a mere 100 years ago.
The demand for Christians to convert to Islam was one of the declarations issued by ISIS and other Islamic groups hiding in the mountainous border between Syria and Lebanon.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — A bitter custody dispute between an Australian mother and a Lebanese father. A crew of sympathetic Australian television journalists. A grandmother who was clubbed on the head as the children were put into an S.U.V. that sped off.
Such were the ingredients in a bizarre transnational episode that resulted on Tuesday with criminal charges against nine people: the mother, the four members of the TV crew and two British and two Lebanese citizens, all accused of taking part in what prosecutors called an elaborate kidnapping plot.
Syrians may be taking refuge in this tiny country, but corruption, unemployment and poverty mean many of its own young people are desperate to get away
“…Twenty-five years after the end of Lebanon’s civil war and the mass migration it sparked to the west, Latin America and Africa, Lebanon’s youth are fleeing once again. Their movement is now fuelled by endemic corruption, political dysfunction and rising unemployment, inequality and poverty.
A facade of stability has so far spared this tiny Levantine nation with 18 official sects the upheaval that has destroyed other countries in the Middle East and redrawn the region’s borders.”
MOSCOW — The soldiers were told to grow their hair long and were given civilian clothes. From then on, their superiors said, they would be addressed — and were to address one another — as “comrade tourist” as they sailed aboard a cruise liner to Syria.
With this simple trick, the Soviet Union managed to sneak thousands of soldiers into Syria in 1983 during the Lebanese civil war, in which Syria, Moscow’s close ally, was deeply involved.
“…The Lebanese can be proud of doing their bit but, truth be told, they didn’t really have much say in the matter. The Syrians just came. And the concern today is not just the shock of so many more people, it’s that their long-term presence may push the country into yet another existential crisis.”
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied against the government in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Saturday night, in one of the country’s largest-ever demonstrations.
Waving the country’s flag and shouting for “the fall of the regime”, about 30,000 men, women and children gathered in Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut.
Although the protesters were mostly peaceful, a few dozen wearing masks threw fireworks and water bottles at the parliament building before riot police cleared the area.
Political sources in Lebanon claimed Monday that the “You Stink” protest movement, which originated on social media and has mobilized around the government’s failure to deal with collecting trash, has been hijacked by Hezbollah in an attempt to seize power in the country.
The sources told London-based newspaper Al-Arab that “Hezbollah is using the trash crisis to topple the government of [Prime Minister] Tammam Salam and to create a power vacuum amid the Parliament’s failure to choose a new president who is acceptable to everyone.”
Radical Lebanese Sunni preacher Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir has been arrested, officials say.
Sheikh Assir was arrested at Beirut airport as he tried to leave the country, the unnamed officials said.
He had been on the run since clashes with the Lebanese army in 2013, which left at least 17 soldiers dead.
The soaring columns of the ruined temples of Baalbek are one of the glories of the ancient world – but there are few tourists around these days to admire them.
Lebanon’s own civil war petered out 25 years ago, leaving tensions smouldering below the surface of daily life. Syria’s is raging uncontrollably just a few kilometres up the road.