Rather than accept it with a democratic heart, former prime minister Saad al-Hariri his hoodlums to northern Lebanon, where they barbarically rioted, injured people, destroyed public property, and burned pictures of his replacement, incoming Prime Minister Najib Mikati. A more civilized attitude, no doubt, would have been expected from the 40-year-old Georgetown-educated billionaire who for years had ostensibly supported entrepreneurship, business, and dialogue. Last week, however, he sounded and looked more like a gangster walking out of an Al Capone movie than a statesman or prime minister.
Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Rep. Howard Berman announced that he had exercised his “legislative prerogative to place a suspension” on $100 million of aide to the Lebanese army. Berman said he suspected Hezbollah involvement. Lebanese Minister of Defense, Elias Murr , “those who want to help the army on condition that it doesn’t protect its territory, people and border from Israel, should keep their money….”
The May 15th anniversary of the Nakba reminds the World that Lebanon’s “camp Palestinians” , approximately 15% of the 750,000+ who were ethnically cleansed by Zionist gangs six decades ago, suffer an existence that is demonstrably the most inhumane of any of the 58 camps in the Middle East, including Gaza. Warehoused in open air prisons, their children are among the most discriminated against of this largest and oldest refugee population on earth. With drug use, drop-out rates, violence, health issues rising fast– test scores, school attendance, academic achievements, hope and self-esteem are plummeting.