Category: Lebanon

Peacemaker!

Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

By Robert Fisk, Wednesday 28 September 2016 11:00 BST

 

When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.

I saw the results: babies torn apart, shrieking refugees, smouldering bodies. It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 … [more]

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We humans hang on to our symbols

Meditation on My Home in Lebanon

By Frances Fuller, 21st February 2016

 

I made a mistake in my book. Let’s just say that I was wrong. In the epilogue of In Borrowed Houses I said that the little stone house around which my whole story revolves would outlive all of us. My actual words were: “It will be there when everyone who remembers this story is gone.” With so much confidence I said that. After all, its walls were … [more]

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Once upon a time

 

Important!

What follows is an email conversation that occurred between 2002 and 2007, when I first launched the ill-fated Mission: Meeting website.  Since there is renewed interest in a similar venture, perhaps made more urgent because (1) so little has changed, and 2) so many extraordinary eyewitnesses to the humanity of the “Holy Land” are of a generation that is, ironically, leaving us behind, I am sharing this now in the hope that it might breathe new life into … [more]

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Historians and other nincompoops

Whoa there, David Cameron! Haste and rhetoric is no recipe for peace

By Robert Fisk, Sunday 22 November 2015 19:28 BST

 

Eisenhower famously sent some brusque advice to Anthony Eden in 1956 when he decided that Britain’s deceitful war in Egypt should come to an end. “Whoa, boy!” were his words. And they should be repeated now to the politicians, historians and other nincompoops who regard themselves as the soothsayers of eternal war.

Each morning, I awake to … [more]

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Zara’u fa akalna, nazra’u fa ya’kulun

Stories My Father Told Me

By Helen Zughaib with Elia Kamal Zughaib, November/December 2015

 

 

Important!

One evening about 10 years ago, after a family dinner filled with my father’s stories of his childhood and youth in Damascus and Lebanon, my mother and I were in the kitchen when she said, “Someday, we ought to record your father telling his stories.” Many of them told about experiences with his parents and paternal grandparents, whom he referred to using the … [more]

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Correct reading, it used to work wonders

 

Important!

Kamal Salibi was my Facebook friend for just a few months. Before he died in 2011, he told me that the greatest pleasure he got from his theories was seeing how crazy it made the Israelis. Making hasbara trolls crazy seems to be the best litmus test of how close you’re getting to the real truth about Israel…

~ Monseiur Jacques d’Nalgar

Kamal Salibi: Scholar and teacher regarded as one of the foremost historians of the Middle East

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Apoplexy of fear and hatred


Brigitte Gabriel is a vicious and probably deranged Islamophobe

By Hussein Ibish, October 1, 2009

 

A lot of readers seemed to benefit from and enjoy my evaluation of Irshad Manji from yesterday’s Ibishblog posting, and I have been asked to give my views on another charmer, called Brigitte Gabriel. I argued that Manji is not an Islamophobe as has sometimes been alleged, but that she is an anti-Arab racist and an ignoramus to boot. About Gabriel, there can … [more]

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