Kataeb party and rape

"There are certain circumstances where we need to ask ourselves if women have a role in pushing men to rape them" MP Marouni
“There are certain circumstances where we need to ask ourselves if women have a role in pushing men to rape them” MP Marouni

Lebanese MP Elie Marouni blames Lebanese women for getting raped. When asked about the Lebanese penal code law that stipulates that a rapist can marry his victim whereby absolving him of his crime. His reply was as follows:  “There are certain circumstances where we need to ask ourselves if women have a role in pushing men to rape them,” Marouni said. Hey idiot, there are no circumstances. Rape is rape and its a crime. Marouni is a chauvinist pig. Rape is never the victim fault. Rape is the fault of those who committed this ugly crime and specially the fault of people like MP Marouni.

Women do not ask to be raped. Neither by the way they dress, the way they behave or their line of work. It is sickening to hear an MP blaming a victim of a crime for the crime that someone else committed against them.

Here we have, an MP that represents the Kataeb party, covering rape. What will be the position of the party? Do they agree with his position? If Marouni is not asked to resign and kicked out of the Kataeb party, then it is clear that the party, its leader Sami Gemayel and all Kataeb members are defending rapists.

My question to all members of the Kataeb party, from Sami to the newest recruit, when will you kick this chauvinist pig from the party and force him to resign as an MP?

Sami Gemayel did it !!!!

6 days ago I asked Sami Gemayel, head of the Kataeb party, to stop threatening and if he is serious, he should ask his 2 ministers to resign from the government and to stop covering theft… Today, Sami did it.

The Kataeb Party has decided to ask its two ministers Sejaan Qazzi and Alain Hakim to resign from Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government, Kataeb chief MP Sami Gemayel announced on Tuesday.

“The Kataeb Party has decided to resign from the government because Lebanon needs a ‘positive shock’,” said Gemayel at a press conference.

“For a while now, they have been trying to suppress us through cabinet mechanisms that were created with the aim of stifling our opinion and preventing us from stopping their deals,” Gemayel added.

“They are not concerned with protecting the banking sector against the verbal attacks and they did not care about the economic plan that was submitted by the economy minister (Hakim),” Gemayel went on to say.

“They are only concerned with passing suspicious deals,” he said.

Bravo Sami. Geagea and Aoun should reach out to Sami and include him in their project.

Stop threatening .. Resign.

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel Said yesterday that his party’s ministers might resign or suspend their participation in cabinet sessions should their presence in the government cease to “serve the interest of the Lebanese.” He added: “Our presence in the government is useful when we manage to stop corruption and benefit the Lebanese, but should our presence cease to serve the interest of the Lebanese then it would become unnecessary,”

Sami said the same thing on August 28, 2015 and on May 2, 2016. In less than a year, kataeb leader threatened 3 times that his 3 ministers might resign from the government. Sami been hinting that the kataeb party can’t cover the government decisions anymore and yet his ministers never resigned. My dear sami, either you put your words into action or simply zip it.

Chapeau to Sejaan Azzi

A car bomb late Thursday afternoon went off on the main road between the Al-Roueiss and Bir al-Abed areas of Beirut’s Hezbollah-stronghold of Dahiyeh, leaving at least 27 people dead and 230 injured. There are different ideas on who placed the bomb but this is not the subject I am tackling in this article.

This car explosion wasn’t directed against a political leader, a military on security official from Hizballah. It was placed to kill innocent people or maybe supporters of Hizbullah. In short, its purpose is to kill civilians, spread terror among Lebanese and maybe put a final sword in the Sunnite-Shiite relation in Lebanon.

Regardless of the purpose behind this bomb, March 14 leaders failed to grasp a major opportunity to close the schism between the shiite community and the rest of the Lebanese. The first day, March 14 leaders declared their sorrow for such bombing and the next day used this bombing that killed innocent people to attack Hizbullah involvement inside Syria. Some, like MP Nadim Gemayel, went further and held Hassan Nasrallah responsible for this attack due to his policy in Syria. Yet none of March 14 criticized the involvement of Sunnite fighters in Syria. It is to note that Sunnite fighters entered Syria way before Hizbullah decided to enter the battle. Never heard them opposing using Lebanese borders to send sunnite and Qaeda fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

As usual, they failed in making a step that might have helped our situation in Lebanon. Only the Deputy Head of Kataeb party Sejaan Azzi did so. He visited the place of the bombing and stood with the innocent people. He didn’t attack Hizbullah political stand and instead he used this sad moment to call for unity among the Lebanese political party.

Chapeau Mr. Azzi.

Lessons from Al-Qobayat Municipal election

Over the weekend Al-Qobayat village in Akkar region said no to the list that was backed by Future MP Hadi Hobeish, families and the Lebanese Forces Party (LF). The list, headed by Abdo Makhoul Abdo, the former mayor of Qobeiyat, backed by former MP Mikhail Daher, the Kataeb Party, the Free Patriotic Movement, LF members (who didn’t abide by their leadership decision) and families won all 18 seats of the town’s municipal council.
During his campaign, MP Hobeish, sensing the defeat of his list, started throwing accusations left in right in hope to distract the people of al-Qobayat and confuse them. Hobeish said votes are being bought, Hizballah building a communication network in the village, Lebanese immigrants were brought from abroad to vote …. and yesterday he blamed the LF members who didn’t abide by their leadership decision to cost him the election. Hobeish failed to understand that the people of al-Qobayat made up their decision to drop his list for the following reasons:

  • He covered the sale of their land
  • He insulted the Lebanese Army over the Khouweikhat incident
  • He created problems on several occasions with LF members in the village
  • He pushed new recruits in the LF to break down the old guard
  • The events in Akkar and Tripoli and refusal of al-Qobayat people to support no one but the Lebanese Army

First lesson to Future Movement: The Christians will not accept anymore MPs who are forced upon them in the name of March 14 coexistence.
Second lesson to Future Movement: Supporting Salafist Jihadist to face Hizbullah is not something the Christians will accept.
Third Lesson to Future Movement: Creating false news and spreading false propaganda will not help their candidates anymore.

The major lesson was to the Lebanese Forces leadership. The LF base had enough of blind support to the Future Movement over the rights of the Christians. The LF base send a loud message to its leadership to shape up and stop accepting MPs dropped by parachutes by the Future Movement.

The people of al-Qobayat proved that there is still a chance in this country for those who hold their principles close to their hearts and cast a vote that represent these principles.

Congratulation to the people of al-Qobayat, may the rest learn from you.

The Orthodox Gathering Law

lebanon-electionSo what is the fuss about the Orthodox Gathering proposed law for the upcoming elections? What are the real main reasons behind the opposition for such law?

The Lebanese Constitution that was adopted in 1989 states that the seats in the parliament are shared equally between Christians and Muslims. In addition, the constitution says:

Until the Chamber of Deputies passes an election law free of sectarian restriction, the parliamentary seats shall be divided according to the following bases:

a. Equally between Christians and Muslims.
b. Proportionately between the denominations of each sect.
c. Proportionately between the districts.

Since 1989, the Chamber of Deputies wasn’t able to pass an election law free of sectarian restriction. Furthermore, the election is in six months and they couldn’t agree on any new law to replace the 1960 law (based on a winner-takes-all system diving Lebanon into 22 districts). The latest fuss in the Lebanese politics today is the Orthodox Gathering proposed law for election which called for every sect to elect its own deputies.

The proposed law received an unprecedented backing from rival Major Christian parties. Michel Aoun (FPM), Samir Geagea (the Lebanese Forces), Amine Gemayel (the Kataeb Party) and Sleiman Franjieh (the Marada Movement). Hezbollah declared that even though this is not an ideal law, they will support it. Amal movement leader, Speaker of the house, Nabih berri said he will support the law as long as the Christians agree on it.
The President of the Republic and the Prime Minister opposed it calling it unconstitutional. Walid Joumblatt (the PSP Party) said the law will take Lebanese 2 centuries back. Future movement opposed it as well as any proportional proposed laws. Independent Christians, inside March 14 also opposed it.

If we look at Lebanon demographic, we notice that the majority of the Shiite deputies are elected by Shiite votes. The majority of the Sunnite deputies are elected by the Sunnite votes. So what is behind the real opposition for such law?
Three groups will be affected if the Orthodox Gathering Law was adopted: Future Movement (Saad Hariri – Sunnite), PSP Party (Walid Joumblatt – Druze) and the Christians of Lebanon.
Future Movement will lose the control over 11 to 16 Christian deputies: 3 deputies in Akkar region, 2 deputies in Tripoli, 5 deputies in Beirut (Distruct 2 and 5), 2 deputies in Western Bekaa – Rasheyya and 1 to 4 deputies in Chouf.
PSP Party will lose the control over 5 Christian Deputies in the Mountain and Aley areas.
The Shiaa will lose control over 4 Christian deputies in Baalback – Hermel and Zahrani – Marjeyoun areas.
In return, the Christians will be free from the dominance of other sects and will put in office around 21 deputies who really represent them.

The Lebanese president (Maronite) and his Prime Minister (Sunnite) each for his own reason oppose the proposed law and call it unconstitutional. The law isn’t perfect but it is not unconstitutional. The Lebanese constitution is based on dividing all government and public offices on religious and sect basis.

Independent Christians of March 14 coalition who don’t have major representation or supporters of Future Movement oppose this law because they will have no chance in being either elected or re-elected under such law. These feudal lords will farce a fierce battle from new comers. It is to note that the Orthodox Gathering proposed law propose the implementation of proportional representation in a single national district. This will also give a chance for those who oppose the sectarian system to be elected and will have a better chance to work from inside the parliament.

Is this a fair law, for sure it is not but all 4 major Christian parties support it for valid reasons. Christians were the only one who lost politically since the signature of the Taef Agreement and their right of fair representation was taken from them in previous elections.

They have been marginalized in 1992 election. An election law was adopted only 4 weeks before the election. Lebanon’s Christians opposed the law and boycotted the elections.
In the 1996 elections, the problem was the electoral law and the conduct of the elections. The 1996 electoral law was declared unconstitutional by Lebanon’s Constitutional Council established in 1993. Electoral districts were gerrymandered to suit the sectarian electoral interests of all sects except the Christians.
In the 2000 elections, electoral constituencies were designed to dilute the impact of Christian voters in particular constituencies.
From 1992 to 2000, Syria and their allies back then made sure to muffle the voice of Christian voters and elect a pro-Syrian parliament. Sunnite, Shiite and Druze worked with the Syrians to dismantle the Christian vote.
In the last previous election, the electoral districts were redesigned to keep the Christian votes under control and the lack of equality between the candidates which was triggered by an unprecedented influence of money and of the private media.

Today, we see that those who benefited politically from the Syrian occupation of Lebanon are opposing to free the christian votes in many electoral districts. It seems as if the Syrian occupation wasn’t the only reason why the Lebanese Christians were silenced during previous elections.
If Future movement really considers the Lebanese Forces, The Kataeb and other Christians as equal partners and allies, why they don’t give them back what it was taken from them under the Syrian occupation?