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The beautiful Lebanese girl (La Belle Libanaise)

Book review of Georges Ducrocq. The story and observations of the way of life in Lebanon and Palestine in the early 1920’s and published in 1930.

My review focus on the status of affairs in Lebanon and Palestine. The love story will be relegated to the footnote.

The hostel in Nakoura (Lebanon border town in the south with current Israel) was run by an Israelite family, a front- post that the Zionist movement established in order to annex south Lebanon.

This family has already many grievances: It is upset with border check-points that paralyze their commerce with Haifa, the exclusively destined for that town of 20,000, of their produce in grapes and cereal .

The son has a kind of historic hallucination and talk in psalmody rhythm. He told me that each Jews arriving from the USA or England received 50 British pound in order to purchase a piece of land in Palestine and Lebanon.

And I got into wondering: “Is our mandate outdated and the evacuation of our troops already decided in London?”

The Zionists are giving priority to annexing the Golan Heights (Hermon) and the Litany valley.

Plans for annexing Tyr, Sidon Banias, Moussmieh, Deraa, Kunetra are in the pipeline.

Colonel Kisch, the delegate of the Zionism Executives, is in Beirut in order to institute immediately a Zionist federation on all of Syria. The chief executive is Sakalov and the grand President is Weizmann.

Every month, 2,000 immigrant Jews land in Jaffa, mainly from central Europe. The World Zionist organization has a ministry in the British government and buy lands belonging to the Ottoman Treasury and from the Greek orthodox Patriarch

The Anglo-Palestinian Bank extend loans to Jews at 3% interest rate and at 10% to Palestinians.

90% of the Jewish funds are generated in the USA.

The British mandated power over Palestine consider the 675,000 Palestinians as an inconsequential number, but legislate primarily for the 80,000 Jews living in Palestine.

The French mandated power over Syria and Lebanon has already ceded the fertile region of Houleh to the Jewish colonies.

(This French mandated power will also cede a big chunk of northern Syria to Turkey in 1922 and again in 1937)

Haifa was a quaint arid town of 20,000. 8,000 were Muslims, 7,000 Greek Catholics, 2,000 newly arrived Jews, one thousand of Greek Orthodox, 600 German protestants, and 500 French Catholics and called Latins.

The Jews in Haifa were of Bolsheviks tendencies and called the Polytechnicon, teaching all kinds of sciences and preaching practical usage of the goods and instant gratification of pleasure. The girls had their hair cut short a la garson. By and by, the British started to sorting these out and denying them entry into Palestine.

Note 1: Georges Ducrocq was attached to the headquarter of Gen. Weygand in Syria. He wrote “Les Marches de l’Est”

Note 2: The love story is between the French officer Francois Thegonnec and Dania Chmaly.

Thegonnec is from Bretagne and was attached to the Army of the Levant after suffering serious injuries during WWI. He was reappointed to France and is taking a last vacation that should lead him to Palestine and visiting the sacred Christian locations.

Dania spent 10 years at the Dames of Nazareth school in Beirut as her parents were amassing a fortune in Montevideo in Latin America. Dania parents are back to Lebanon and built a sumptuous villa in Beit Mery. The father has a high level job in the Anglo-Palestinian Bank branch in Haifa.

Note 3: The author described the Lebanese, essentially the Christian Maronite sect inhabiting the mountain towns, as basically vain people. He said that the immigrant amass fortune and 70% of the reason for their return home is to just spike and overlord it on the neighbors and town people of their new wealth status. They build the first floor of a large house, go back to amass for wealth and build a second and third floor so that the house stand out in height and size to the surrounding domiciles.

List of movies to be shown at Beirut 8th Film Festival

قائمة الأفلام المشاركة في الدورة الثامنة من أيام بيروت السينمائية

يسرّ جمعية بيروت دي. سي. الإعلان عن قائمة الأفلام المشاركة في الدورة الثامنة من أيام بيروت السينمائية، والتي ستنطلق نهار الخميس ١٢ آذار ٢٠١٥ في بيروت وتستمرّ حتى السبت ٢١ آذار ٢٠١٥.

الأفلام الروائية

فيلم الإفتتاح: تيمبكتو لعبد الرحمان سيساكو
الوادي لغسّان سلهب
سلّم الى دمشق لمحمد ملص
ذيب لناجي أبو نوّار
عيون الحرميّة لنجوى نجّار
أنا نجوم بنت العاشرة ومطلّقة لخديجة السلامي
قصة يهوذا لرابح عامر زعميش
إطار الليل لتالا حديد
البحر من ورائهم لهشام العسري
هم الكلاب لهشام العسري
ليفياتان لأندره زفياغينتسيف

الأفلام الوثائقية

يوميات كلب طائر لباسم فياض
هوم سويت هوم لندين نعّوس
الرقيب الخالد لزياد كلثوم
لي قبور في هذه الأرض لرين متري
الأوديسا العراقية لسمير
رسائل من اليرموك لرشيد مشراوي
مونومنتوم لفادي يني تورك
أم غايب لنادين صليب
أنا مع العروسة لغابرييل ديل جرندي، خالد سليمان الناصري وأنطونيو أوجوجليارو
العودة الى حمص لطلال ديركي
رشميا لسليم أبو جبل
ساكن لساندرا ماضي
ماء الفضّة لأسامة محمد ووييم سيماف باديركسن
المجلس ليحيى العبدالله
المرحلة الرابعة لأحمد غصين
شباب اليرموك لألكس سلفتوريسينز
المطلوبون ال١٨ لعامر شوملي وبول كوان
 ثمانية وعشرون ليلاً وبيت من الشعر لأكرم زعتري

الأفلام القصيرة

نسيبي لحسان بلعيد
السوق المركزي لصالح ناس
قطن للؤي فاضل عباس
سايبة لباس بريش
ميموريوس لنزار صفير
في الوقت الضائع لرامي ياسين
ضوء لياسمينا كرجه
ذات يوم لرواد حبيقة
ما بعد وضع حجر الأساس لمشروع الحمام بالكيلو ٣٧٥ لعمر الزهيري
اليد الثالثة لهشام اللداكي
يد اللوح لكوثر بن هنية

يذكر أن العروض ستقام في سينما متروبوليس أمبير صوفيل (الأشرفية)، في سينماسيتي أسواق بيروت، وفي فندق السمولفيل.


The Languages of the Bees

The workers and the Queen have different languages to communicate, beside the common language that the Queen gives for instructions and the particular odor that she excrete to warn of serious danger to her and the hive.

The workers scream iiii to express imminent distress and oooo or eeee to express joy and satisfaction.

The Queen has a higher level of intelligence and plans for the future of the survival of the hive and have a wider range of color perception.

The workers can perceive blue-green, blue-violet, yellow and ultra violet (color of the sun)  colors.

The Queen can additionally see red, green, black, grey and orange.

The Queen draw an isosceles triangle, perpendicular to the movement of the sun, in the hive to indicate critical locations that only the new queen can comprehend.

At each corner of the triangle and in the center, the Queen deposits bitter honey drops of different color. The drops are made bitter in order for the workers and the males not to eat them.

The black drop in the center is mixed by the Queen from various pollens since black pollens are very scarce. This drop indicate the location of the emergency honey stock in cases of dissemination of the hive. You may harvest over 50 kilos of honey if you manage to locate the Black spot location.

The green drop indicates a water source.

The red drop indicate the location where a fire raged, even many decades ago.

The grey color indicates the location of the current hive.

In general, the white bitter drops of honey are specially manufactured for the Queen: They have high concentration of many amino acids that are great for growth. Kids who suffer from stumped growth and lack appetite are given tiny mixture doses of these droplets with regular honey.

Strong with a magnifying glass, you may recognize what the workers drew, the shape of leaves on the upper corner of each alveoli so that the new bees may learn the various plants and flowers to search for as they first leave the hive.

The new Queen sting the potential queens to death so that she become the only Queen of the hive. Mother Queen allow the new inherited queen to study and eat the bitter droplets on the triangle in order to memorize the strategic locations for the survival of the colony.

The large concentric dances of the workers indicate the distance of the fields to go after their nectars, and the smaller intersecting circles show the close areas to harvest.

Note 1: Read “The bees of the hermit” by Frederic Maatouk

Note 2: The Greek naturalist Dioscorides wrote a detailed observation book on the life of bees, focusing mainly on their communication by drawing on the wax and their dance forms.




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