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Hanin Ghaddar

I do not have two faces… and the
law shall be the judge

Al-Akhbar is claiming to be waging the “battle” of freedoms against the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In so doing, it accuses of treason people who have not contravened Lebanon’s laws merely because they have a different opinion than that of the newspaper. In its May 12, 2014 issue, Al-Akhbar published an article (in Arabic), signed by the newspaper and titled “A Lebanese journalist competes with Barak in Washington.” Other media, including the Free Patriotic Movement’s tayyar.org and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar websites, followed suit. Since I am the object of this campaign, I would like to shed light on the following:


The wording of the Al-Akhbar article as well as the Al-Manar and tayyar.org reports claims that I took part in a symposium with former Israeli PM Ehud Barak, which is not true. It also mentioned that the symposium in which I took part directly followed the one in which Barak had taken part, and that he personally attended or intervened in my symposium, hence the need for me to explain the following:


1. In keeping with the Lebanese laws in force, I set as a condition to the symposium organizers at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that I should not be present in any symposium in which any Israeli is taking part in any capacity, and that no Israeli should attend any symposium in which I am participating in any capacity. Both the Institute organizers and I adhered to this agreement. Indeed, this is not the first time Lebanese nationals in Europe and the United States take part in similar symposiums, regardless of whether Israelis take part in panels occurring before or after the ones in which the Lebanese are participating.


2. My patriotism is not defined according to the political allegiance of the aforementioned media outlets, which need to have their own patriotism tested due to the threats and accusations of treason in some of their writings against me and other colleagues.


3. Alluding that my statements are merely a logical extension of some Israeli stance or a justification of Israeli policies amounts to allegations of political and cultural infidelity and to a desperate attempt to curb freedoms and condition people’s opinions and thoughts. This hollow idea is heralded by those media outlets even as they claim to be waging the battle of freedoms against the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.


Lastly, I would like to assert that my statements during the symposium are no different from what I wrote and clearly and unequivocally signed in many of my articles as allowed to me by the Lebanese law unless they want me to have two different faces on display. As for the claim that I went beyond the object of the symposium, i.e. Syria, to talk about Hezbollah, I would like to point out that Hezbollah is the one who went beyond the Lebanese border into Syria without asking for anyone’s permission. Things have reached a point where one cannot talk about Syria without talking about Hezbollah. If Hezbollah believes – or is surprised by the fact – that more than half of the Lebanese people do not agree with its role and function, then this is a different problem altogether.


Hanin Ghaddar is the managing editor of NOW English.

 

This article is a translation of the original Arabic. 

My patriotism is not defined according to the political allegiance of the aforementioned media outlets.

  • ken.kelso.3

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/syria-horror-photos-prove-president-3048153 Horror photos 'prove Syria President Bashar al-Assad tortured his victims' By Jason Beattie, Chris Hughes Jan 22, 2014

    May 24, 2014

  • ken.kelso.3

    We all know Hezbollah are the biggest supporter of Assad. To be fair, Assad does not discriminate Syrians. Assad murders all Syrians who criticize him.

    May 24, 2014

  • garybkatz

    Many Lebanese view Israel as the enemy, but the enemy to both Lebanon and Israel is Hezbollah. Hezbollah claims to protect Lebanon from Israel, but if Hezbollah didn't exist, Lebanon would have nothing to fear from Israel. So it's all a big, horrible circle. Also, let's not forget that the 2006 war was started by Hezbollah, which crossed into Israel, murdered numerous young soldiers and kidnapped 2 more, who later were returned also dead. In light of Hezbollah's actions in Syria, many Lebanese are learning that they've been misdirecting their hatred at Israel!

    May 22, 2014

  • keti.raicheva

    Our European Bulgarian Citizen, INNOCENT, 63 YEARS OLD, VERY ILL TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL STAY WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF CRIME ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS IN PRISON ROUMIEH IN BEIRUT!!! WE WANT JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL KHALIL !!! Talal Khalil will be on the front Lebanese Military Court on 2.06.2014y. We want INDEPENDENT FROM CRIMINALS TERRORIST HEZBOLLAH JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL KHALIL!!! TERRORISTS CRIMINALS DIRECTION OF Hezbollah MUST GOING TO THE PRISON!!! FREEDOM FOR TALAL KHALIL !!! WE CONTINUE MAKE PROTESTS ON THE FRONT LEBANESE EMBASSY IN BULGARIA AND GERMANY!!! May 17, 2014

    May 17, 2014

  • michel.zeidan.5

    God bless you Hanin and every free spirited writer who won't bow down to the evil of this world. The evil of Israel does not equate the sainthood of hizzeballah. They are both the two face to the same coin when it comes to their own interests.

    May 17, 2014

  • حفيدُ الغساسنة

    JIMYMM: You make no sense whatsoever. Hanin, for what's it's worth. you have my full support. Bullies should be reined, permanently!!

    May 16, 2014

  • Vlad Tepes

    Can't say I can believe what you say seeing as how many lies and exaggerations you put in your writings as well as the frivolous trash that you allow other contributors on this website to post. I think that you are nervous about many things even though you always try to act cool. This is the first time you actually got attention! Good job! Someone actually took the time to address something other than your usual bs. You know, the kind that nobody could care less about all those years before. It's okay. You're beautiful and I love you.

    May 15, 2014

  • Charlie Abu Ayash

    If we are really treacherous and deals with Israeli, we are in fact in race with Syria, Hezbollah and Iran who are runningbehind the scene to get the mercy of Israel. Treacherous, are who left the southern border with Israel to fight the Syrian people struggling for democracy, freedom and to face corruption and oppression. Good luck Hanine Ghadir we are beside you.

    May 15, 2014

  • jimymm

    I wonder why Mrs. Gaddar is playing the devil role in washington !!!!!! i suppose our society is full of crap to be talking about than getting into an old controversial subject dated more than 1400 years ago (sunni-chii) where the most brilliant religious-educated people are not able to convince each other. with all due respect Mrs. Ghadar ,let the bread to be made by the bakery man and do what are you capable of the most!!!!!!!!!. regards.

    May 14, 2014

  • rssalman

    Most Lebanese support you Hanin, keep up the good work, we have to fearlessly fight together to stop being bullied by this bunch of religious fanatics who have kidnapped our beloved country

    May 14, 2014

  • Phil؟

    We're proud of you Hanin. Keep up the good work and don't mind those pathetic media outlets. We need people like you to show the world what a cancer Hizbullah and its lackeys are to Lebanon.

    May 14, 2014

  • skyboy

    Bravo et Bon Courage! don't surrender!

    May 14, 2014

  • S.L,

    Hanin, you know very well who is behind the so called "Washington Institute". You know their names one by one! and you know their underlying mission. if you innocently thought that the symposium was meant to be have an objective dialog on the Syrian conflict, then think again. I must say that you lack the depth expected from a managing editor of a news outlet.

    May 14, 2014

  • keti.raicheva

    Direction of Terrorists Criminals Hezbollah must going in Prison! Direction of Hezbollah kidnapped and maked Torture to my Bulgarian Husband Talal Mohamed Khalil on period 25.11.2012- 28.01.2013y. Terrorists Hezbollah forced Talal to sign FALSE CONFESSIONS! On time of Torture Talal get three Heart attacks and two Brain Hits!! After Torture Hezbollah gived my husband to Prison Roumieh in Beirut. Talal stay one year and six Months INNOCENT, VERY ILL IN PRISON. On the 16.05.2014y. Talal will be on the front Military Lebanese Court in Beirut. Terrorists Criminals Hezbollah killed Bulgarian Citizens in Bulgaria, Burgas on 18.07.2012y. We Bulgarian Citizens want JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL! Talal is 63 years old, very ill in Prison! Lebanese State Institutions MUST SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS TO ALL PRISONERS IN LEBANON! DIRECTION OF HEZBOLLAH TO THE PRISON !!! FREEDOM FOR TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL ! WE CONTINUE MAKE PROTESTS ON THE FRONT LEBANESE EMBASSY IN BULGARIA AND GERMANY!!! GROUP OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS May 10, 2014

    May 13, 2014

  • S.L,

    K, R, I am not sure what qualifies you to be an expert on lebanese affairs and on terrorism>

    May 14, 2014

  • rssalman

    and what qualifies you as an expert on Washington think tanks. Stop being an uncle tom for the cancer that is hezb iran

    May 14, 2014