Two days ago an article in Lebanese French newspaper said “The Roman hippodrome in Beirut engulfed by the promoters: Three of his predecessors had refused to do it, Gaby Layoun, Minister of Culture, has done it. He allowed the decommissioning of the site of the Roman hippodrome in Beirut and its redevelopment into a luxury residential complex …”
If this is not enough, the Lebanese government is about to bury a 2500-year-old Phoenician port in Beirut’s Minet El Hosn region with three towers. The port was discovered recently. It is located behind Hotel Monroe. The discovery of this port last summer was kept in the dark by the SOLIDERE evil tsunami. A tsunami that is destorying anything Phoenician, Roman, …. anything that speaks about Lebanon prior to the Islamic Conquest. The excuse given is development. but this excuse doesn’t work on some Lebanese who are eager to save their history. Many countries developed their cities but saved its heritage. For me, there is nothing that will replace the destruction of a Phoenician port. No excuse can convince me that 3 towers are more important to Lebanon than its history and heritage. The ruins will bring in thousands of tourists every year while the 3 towers will bring few hundreds tenants from the Gulf region. Why from the gulf? Because you and me (the reader) will not be able to afford to buy an apartment in these towers. Anyway, what kind of Lebanese is willing to live in a tower that destroyed for ever a Phoenician port?
What kind of a company is SOLIDERE that is willing to destroy such a treasure? Isn’t it enough what they destroyed already? How about the first law school in the world that was discovered few years ago and SOLIDERE flooded it with sewer waters and build over it? This is a small crime committed by SOLIDERE to our heritage. They do not only destroy, they do not pay taxes. Even SOLIDERE formation is illegal (Follow this link to read about it http://www.cggl.org/scripts/new.asp?id=862).
Our heritage is under attack and yet only few Lebanese are up to face this attack. Some are busy fighting for their political leaders the battles of Don Quixote, others busy with their plastic surgeries, some with their western prostitutes, many with their clubs, food and arjileh, …. oh and many torturing migrant workers (something I will address soon).
My question is, where are those who used to say we are not Arabs, we are Phoenicians? Where are you today? Working in the Gulf? Collecting money from the Gulf countries and Iran to finance your political parties?
Some are trying, but their move is still in cyberspace. For those interested in keeping informed you can check the Facebook group: Phoenician Port of Beirut: Slipways of the Phoenician Harbor of Beirut, or sign this petition PROTECT THE PHOENICIAN PORT on BEIRUT PLOT 1398!!
Nothing will change if the NGO’s, communities, parties act as one to save our heritage. I’m wondering even our Phoenician heritage is not a common point between those who used to claim we are Phoenicians???