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In Context: Lebanon civil war didn’t end yet

Note: Re-edit of  2012 article “Civil war didn’t End yet? This time around…Part 2”

You have this desolate second largest city in north Lebanon: Tripoli means the Three Cities where three separate quarters were governed by the kings of Byblos (Jubeil), Saida (Sidon) and Tyr (sour) in antiquity.

Tripoli is currently ignored by the government, and has been for many decades.

The inhabitants of Tripoli are practically living in the Mamluk period, when the Near-East was ruled from Egypt, 7 centuries ago, and they wear the white “Arabic” jelabiyya, as if they were part of the “Arab” Gulf Emirates, or an extension of Saudi kingdom, without the these headgears (3igal), just carrying long beards and stuff…

You may read details on Tripoli and how it fared during the 17-year civil war,

The adjacent province is the Akkar on the borders with Syria.

Akkar is another part of Lebanon totally ignored by the successive governments of this pseudo-State. Most of the soldiers and lower files and ranks are from Akkar, an agricultural area and lacking all kinds of facilities.

The US, Saudi kingdom, and Qatar are pouring in war money and weapons into the northern districts by Syria borders in order to support the armed Syrian insurgents against the Assad regime.  The weapons are shipped to the port of Tripoli and sent from Libya…

And the UN German ships controlling the arrival of ships loaded with weapons, a task assigned by the UN resolution to tighten the embargo on Gaza, has failed in its mission…The latest demonstration of force showed the emergence of heavy weapons in the streets of Tripoli…

The Lebanese  army is doing its best to counter this volatile situation and to control the influx of armed Syrian infiltrators into Lebanon and the exit of armed people from Lebanon into Syria.

Mind you the government has been queasy of extending a forceful and a resolute order to the army to do its jobs.

While fighting was raging in Tripoli, a couple hundred of social platforms connected people gathered in silence on Martyr Square in Downtown Beirut

It looks as a rerun of the conditions of 1968, which resulted in the civil war of 1975.

After Israel occupied all of the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem in the preemptive war of 1967, thousands of Palestinians experienced another wave of refugees into Lebanon.

In 1968, Lebanon allowed the military wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to set bases in the Arcoub region (south-east of Lebanon) and as a self-autonomous area where the Lebanese army would Not venture to enter and control.

In 1970, late King Hussein of Jordan crushed the PLO and the armed Palestinians flocked to the Arcoub Safe Zone, and gradually controlled most of South Lebanon.

A year later, the Capital Beirut became the main headquarter for all Palestinian factions. Lebanon was politically reduced to a de-facto Palestinian dictate.

In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon and entered Beirut and forced the military wings of the PLO to vacate Lebanon.

And you have the same elements who sided with the armed Palestinians supporting the armed Syrian insurgents…

And you have the same kind of confused and perturbed weak government proclaiming that its policy is Not to intervene in troubled Syria or to strictly control the influx of armed Syrian insurgents…

Interchange armed Palestinian movements with Syrian armed insurgents, and north Lebanon will become another “Arcoub” of Safe Zone for launching military attacks on Syria instead of Israel…and another civil war will befall Lebanon…

Implicitly, what the youth are saying:
1. We don’t care what the radical Islamists wants to impose on us: We want them to stay clear from our safe zone neighborhoods in part of Lebanon…
2. We don’t care of the government motto of “staying clear from the troubles in the neighboring States, such as Syria..: All that we want is potable water, electricity, and not meddling in our life-style…
3. We don’t care what regime in Syria will replace the Assad clan…
4. We are so totally apolitical…We are frankly too ignorant in world affairs…we are the vegetarian kind, the doing good for the environment and climate, the youth not meddling in our own internal political affairs, we are the worldwide connected zombies…
And that is the problem: they don’t give a fuck and leave the fuckers decide for them…as if the war will never reach them…
They prefer to wait for the calamity to struck, but they won’t wake up…They are apolitical…and so is war?

“You Son of a Bitch, what are you doing on the Beach?”  (June 2, 2009)


It is March 2008.  The Bedouins Sabri and Ismail decided to have a swim at the nearby beach in Ashkelon; they live in one of the seven colonies reserved for them by Israel in the Negev Desert with no running water or electricity.  Two civilian Jewish guards confront them: “What you dirty Arabs are doing here? You have no rights being here. Get out instantly”   Ismail is shackled and detained for two days without charges. Sabri will die at the hospital with double hemorrhages of the brain and the lungs; Sabri’s suffered bones fracture in the head, chest, legs, and face.  The Israeli police refused to divulge the autopsy and the cold murderers were not apprehended.


The Bedouins of Al Nakab were 70,000 as of 1948; they are 11,000 by 2009.  The Bedouins enjoyed over one million hectares of land to cultivate in 1948; they shrank to barely 24,000 hectares in 2009.  Frequently, the Israeli authorities demolish entire villages of makeshift homes because the Israeli authorities refuse building permit in non recognized communities of Bedouins and they ruin their agricultural lands with poisonous chemicals.


The Palestinians with Israeli passports (PIP) are not fairing better than the “Arab Bedouins” After Israel was recognized a State by a majority of a single vote in the UN in 1948 only 160,000 Palestinians out of one million remained in their villages.  The government of Ben Gurion unleashed military detachments to massacre entire villages which spread fear among the Palestinians who took refuge in Jordan and Lebanon, supposedly for temporary stay because the UN resolution 194 demanded the return of the Palestinians.  The salary of a Palestinian worker is half the Israeli “Jew”; his average yearly revenue is $7,700 compared to $19,000 for the Israeli “Jew”; 18% of the Palestinian (PIP) find jobs compared to 58% of the Israeli women “Jews”. 

The Palestinians with Israeli passport (PIP) retained only 3.5% of their entire lands and they constitute 5.5% of governmental posts.  The PIP represents 20% of Israel’s population and receives only 3% in government budget.  Since the establishment of Israel not a single locality was created for the PIP compared to new 600 villages and colonies for the Israeli “Jews”. Over 52% of the PIP lives under the threshold of poverty.

Over 75% of the Israeli Jews oppose the formation of PIP political parties, and would not live in the same building with the PIP.  The current minister of Israel Foreign Affairs (the Russian Avigdor Liberman) prosecuted for criminal activities wants to transfer the remaining PIP to other Arab States.  The former minister Tsivi Livney expressed the same wishes.


The plans for transferring the PIP “somewhere” are already at the execution phase.  A new law declared Israel “Jewish” and another law is forcing the PIP for military circumscription.  For example, 40 PIP working on maintaining a railroad track were fired because they did do their military obligation even though the law was not in effect at the time of the licensing. 

The City of Jaffa (Yafa), annexed to Tel Aviv, is 40% PIP and the municipality refuses building permit to them; thus, you see on one side of the main road new establishments for the Jews and on the left side shantytowns.  The municipality of Jaffa hired a private enterprise to evacuate the PIP who failed to pay rents; more than 500 of denied building permit are pressuring many PIPS into precarious living because they can no longer afford skyrocketing renting expenses.  The city of Akka is 53,000 strong with 17,000 PIP.  The municipality is turning its downtown into a Jewish quarter and closed down the Mosque Al Lababidi.  Armed Jewish guards escort school children: this city suffered fascist upheaval by Jewish right-wingers who ransacked 30 homes and destroyed 80 shops.  The city of Lod (Lydda) has 11,000 PIP and the municipality is doing its best to chase out the PIP and replace them with Russian Jews.

The PIPs are reacting accordingly: 52% of eligible PIP voted and most of them for the communist party Hadash. Only 12% (out of the regular 30% three years ago) opted to vote for one of the Zionist political parties.  The PIPs participated heavy in the demonstrations during the “Land Day” in order to counter attack this “rampant wave of apartheid” of the Zionists.

Note: theme extracted from the monthly “Le Monde Diplomatic”




March 2023

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