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How Lebanese are complacent on ISIS victims?

Sunday evening of November 15: I attended a candlelight vigil organized by a humanitarian NGO and some students from the American University of Beirut for the victims of the suicide attacks that took place in Burj al-Barajneh last Thursday on November 12.

So far, 44 people lost their lives and at least 200 were injured.

The attack, which ISIS claimed responsibility in a press release, comprised of two suicide attackers; a third one shot on site before detonating himself.

The ministry of interior in Lebanon later confirmed that the attack was supposed to involve a total of five attackers, and one of the targets was supposed to be a hospital (Al rassoul al A3zam) in the area, in addition to a Shia mosque.

The latter target was kept safe by Adel Termos (in the picture with his daughter) who tackled the first suicide bomber from entering, losing his life in the process.

Lebanon’s Complacency On ISIS Victims:

A Harsh Reminder That The Time For Change Is Now

Posted by Kareem Chehayeb: Nov. 18 /2015

Like any other terrorist attack in Lebanon, the frustration and anger I felt went well beyond the attack itself. This time was little bit different.

It wasn’t about the usual plethora of Western and regional press calling the neighborhood a ‘stronghold of Hezbollah‘ or any other leader stronghold, nor was it about the minor impact an attack on Lebanon or most other places in the Middle East makes to the rest of the world.

It wasn’t even the speech of Beirut’s municipal chief at the vigil, which was shallow and unauthentic to say the least. It was something else.

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Tasteless

“The political situation will be less difficult to sort out after the attack on Burj al-Barajneh.”

This tasteless statement was made by Lebanon’s Interior Minister, Nohad Al Machnouk. The Lebanese government has been meeting to sort out various laws, and the two political factions were in a deadlock.

(Mind you that the Prime PM never set foot on the attack location, or even demanded that the government meet)

However, after the tragic attacks, they managed to make compromises and sort things out. This was promoted as something done in the interest of “national unity”, a term that the political elite in Lebanon use to improve their image. It was just shocking to see this come out of the minister’s mouth.

The Lebanese government’s reputation couldn’t be worse, especially the ministry of interior and Al Machnouk. Ever since the trash protests escalated in Beirut last August, all eyes have been on the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Nohad Al Machnouk.

On August 24, a video surfaced of Al Machnouk partying at a beach club in Mykonos, Greece. This was around the same time protesters were indiscriminately attacked with water canons, high concentrations of tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and in some cases live ammunition.

Even at press conferences regarding the issue of the brutal police response, the interior minister tried to justify his actions with blatant lies. He did everything he can to depict the protesters as thugs and “infiltrators” who want to dismantle whatever is left of Lebanon’s stability and cause chaos.

He even went as far as to use a video still from a viral video. The still depicted a police officer with an injury. What Al Machnouk intentionally left out was that protesters ran to the injured officer, gave him some water, and took him to an ambulance.

Protesters, including “unlicensed” journalists and photographers who were arrested, were deprived of their rights and weren’t being told what they were charged for, as 22 year-old photographer Hassan explained in an interview I had with him.

Some protesters were forced to take urine tests, at their own expense. Those who refused or couldn’t afford paying for the test were threatened to be imprisoned for drug-related charges.

Some protesters were even tried at military court for clashing with police officers and for vandalism, despite being civilians. Even though those prisoners are now released, a court verdict last month ordered some of the protesters to stay in prison.

However, that didn’t last too long due to public pressure. Al Machnouk nor the ISF have not made any official statements about these practices.

The manic and intense response by the interior ministry on protesters almost makes it seem like they’re ISIS, doesn’t it?

Location, Location, Location

While the candlelight vigil was moving, its location just didn’t make sense to me. It took place in Zeitouna Bay, a privatized space with upscale cafes, restaurants, and yachts, far from Beirut’s impoverished neighborhoods.

Sure, the view was nice and it was a calm atmosphere, but I don’t think it did anyone justice. We should have had this vigil right in front of the ministry of interior for obvious reasons.

They failed us, just like the rest of the government. Time and time again, they have taken major security issues lightly, from terrorist threats to public health outbreaks, and it’s time we hold them accountable.

The head of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim said that they’re anticipating more attacks from ISIS.

So what are we going to do?

I’ll see you at the protest on Independence Day on November 22 at Riad el Solh Square.

Feature image by Kareem Chehayeb

Note: TV Reporters rushed to a hospital to interview the badly injured kid of 3 who witnessed his parents go in flame. Like: “What did you see” How do you feel. Tel us more….Quick, say something, we have to cover other injured parties…

Double suicide-bomb attack in densely populated Borj Barajneh of Beirut

The hero of the day is Adel Termos. He tackled the second suspicious terrorist and prevented him from detonating his 2 kilos of C4 inside the Mosque.

The first terrorist was also carrying 2 kilos in addition to 7 kilos on his motor bike. He dropped the second terrorist 40 meters away. For some reason, the bike was detonated by control while the first terrorist was walking away in order to enter the mosque and was blasted with scores of bystanders.

Note that a kilo of C4 is equivalent to at least 6 times a kilo of TNT.

The 3 year old Haidar watched his 2 parents burning: He is now in intensive care.

The number of the fallen victims has been increasing steadily.  Many of the injured died. The current count is 43 dead and over 240 injured.

I’m sad to say that even after today this number will still mean nothing. We’re a country that never learned and will never learn. It’s just a bomb. It will always be just a bomb.

We call them martyrs. But they did not choose to die that way, burned bodies melting on the tarmac of a neighborhood they called home.

Their fault was to live in an area that demographics and politics dictated would be related to this faction or the other.

Bassam Jalgha shared a link.

We call them martyrs, because it’s easier to lump them under one title, to pretend they’re all the same, to pretend that knowing their names is not important, to make it easier for us to comprehend.

We call them martyrs to dehumanize them, even more than the dehumanization that occurs with the politicization of those victims that’s contingent upon the area targeted.

But they are people. And they are somebody’s loved ones.

And there are families tonight that were whole and complete a few hours ago, and they are sitting now maimed and shattered because of cowards, of abominations that dare to call themselves human beings.

Tonight, politics are irrelevant.

Tonight is about the people and this country whose people are dying, and burning, and whose lives are being lost for absolutely no purpose.

Tonight:

Haidar lost his mother and father.

Shawki Droubi and Khodr Aleddine, a nurse, were lost to their families.

Hussein Mostapha passed away with his wife, leaving their son behind.

Samer, a Syrian father of two who fled horrors in his country, was killed in what he had feared back home, and

Hussein, a Palestinian man whose family sought refuge here, also passed away.

Alaa Awad, a third year law student, was also among the victims.

Rawan Awad was a school teacher.

Hanady Joumaa, Bilal Hammoud, Ahmad Awwada, Rawan Atwi were among the victims too.

This is Adel Termos
Fatima Ibrahim's photo.
Fatima Ibrahim's photo.

Note 1: Daesh claimed 3 terrorists participating in the crime: 2 Palestinians and a Syrian who got their indoctrination in the Syrian city of Raqqa 5 months ago. The Palestinians are not from the refugees in Lebanon. The Palestinian camp of Borj Barajneh is 400 meters away from the scene of the blasts. Daesh purpose is to alienate Hezbollah with the Palestinian refugees.

Note 2: The security in Lebanon is tight and terrorist acts are no longer carried by cars. Scores of terrorist cells are being dismantled but a few will manage to get through the net.

Note 3: Nobody is dupe in Lebanon.

The USA is the main power broker behind these current terrorist activities in Lebanon, as well as the previous terrorist attacks of last year. The mercenary State of Israel is frequently behind the planning of the US decisions in destabilizing the region and Lebanon.

The surprised advances of the Syrian army, supported by the Russian air power, incited the US to revert to its terror tactics by targeting this hapless Lebanon and its citizens.

 


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