On the 1st of November 2012 a Facebook page under the name “Israel in Lebanese” was launched, the page admin calls it the Israeli embassy in Lebanon. Shortly after it was launched it made a cyber controversy where many upset Lebanese Facebook users found the page very offensive and out of place, the page admin replied with a post and said “قل لنا كيف تكتب … نقل لك ما هي حضارتك”, meaning “show us how you write… we’ll tell you what your culture is”.
The page says its mission is to bring Lebanon and Israel closer, and that it wants to go past the bloodshed and violence between the two “countries” and show us the good heart and love that Israel has for the Lebanese people. Needless to remind all readers of the history of attacks Israel has held on Lebanon, latest as long ago as 2010 when Israeli Defense Forces crossed the blue line to cut off a tree on Lebanese soil because it caused a blind spot for the Israeli border monitors.
In 2006 some more than 1,500 Lebanese lives were taken by Israeli fires of all sorts. These 1,500 people left behind thousands of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and relatives, who still today grief the murder of their loved ones. A war was always understood to be on a battle field, but these were civilians, people just about their day.
Posting pictures titled “the beauty of Israel”, well Lebanon was beautiful in 1982, Lebanon was beautiful in 2006 and today in 2012 WE have rebuilt and made Lebanon beautiful again knowing that any moment it can be destroyed because Israel chose that it should.
The cursing, the bad words and the threats come from nearly 65 years of living oppressed and in fear. They’re coming from families who have lost 30,000+ lives since 1982.
Israel asks me to show you how I write? Well I can show the world how Israel teaches its children to write, Lebanese children might post cursing comments on a Facebook page, but never would a Lebanese ever consider exposing kids to rockets and ask them to sign letters on a missile head “to children of Lebanon… with love”. Teaching Israeli children to hate Lebanese people, even sending individualized rockets to Lebanon and then they say they come in peace. This letter is not in sign of peace, these are the words behind all the cursing, the words most Lebanese people can’t express because of the rage they have from when Israel took a loved one away, these are the words of a people who will die like cedar trees standing tall with their roots deep in their homeland.
This is how I write!