Gemayel warns against selling land to Hezbollah

MP Sami Gemayel who a key member of the Phalange party parliamentary bloc warned Thursday against selling land “arbitrarily” to the Shiite group Hezbollah in Mount Lebanon.

“Lands are being sold randomly in Aley and the Shouf region of Mount Lebanon , and we should confront the selling. Realtors are sowing money at the expense of our areas, history, identity, lands and martyrs,” Gemayel said during a Thursday meeting with the Phalange Party members.

“A crime is being committed against our history, towns and martyrs,” a press statement issued by the MP quoted him as saying.

As for the 2000 reconciliation between the Druze and Christians in Mount Lebanon, Gemayel , a Christian Maronite said that people who were forced to flee their homes during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) need more than financial compensation to return to their hometowns.

“The return will take place when the necessities of life are made available i.e. hospitals, universities, schools, entertainment and clubs; so that an individual can live in dignity without having to leave to Beirut,” the Christian MP said.

“What we are calling for is a true reconciliation that starts from the bottom up, because we need to regain coexistence in Mount Lebanon.” Gemayel added.

Last December the Iranian backed Hezbollah which does not disclose its sources of wealth was involved in perhaps the richest land deal in Lebanon’s history, a $240 million purchase of more than 740 pristine acres overlooking the Mediterranean in the religiously diverse Shouf region. The seller was a Christian jeweler, Robert Mouawad. The buyer, at least on paper, was a Shiite diamond dealer, Nazem Said Ahmad.

The deal fit a pattern, highly controversial in this religiously combustible land, in which entities tied to Hezbollah have been buying up militarily strategic pieces of property in largely Christian areas, helping the movement quietly fortify its geopolitical hegemony.

Now Lebanon/ Agencies

  • breakthemould

    What is the meaning of Baladiat. Local Government? or not. Why don’t they make a law which allows only very small areas per person. Why is there no planning authorities. We have only ourselves to blame. In a free market system this would be normal and allowed. Lebanon is a free market country. BUT, it is the duty of the Baladiat to set rules which will prevent such large scale sales. They can use their authority to put covenants. These things should have been in place when Gmayiel was president and other Maronite presidents. Otherwise what is the point of being president? to attend ceremonies for when the Pope visits Lebanon or to be there to make a difference to his own people. Blame him, blame yourself – you are not leaders, you are holidaymakers. No one really cares for Lebanon any more. They either live in Paris or immigrated to Canada etc.   Not long ago Hizballah were the position, from 1990 to 2005 is 15 years. Who ruled? and who made laws, all politicians sit and argue personal politics – you never hear Parliamentarians in the house talking practical things like – water, electricity, transport, hospitals, schools, town planning, conservation, environment – So now they cry wolf? they deserve everything which happens to them – short sighted men and women so called educated. Huh. 

  • breakthemould

    What is the meaning of Baladiat. Local Government? or not. Why don’t they make a law which allows only very small areas per person. Why is there no planning authorities. We have only ourselves to blame. In a free market system this would be normal and allowed. Lebanon is a free market country. BUT, it is the duty of the Baladiat to set rules which will prevent such large scale sales. They can use their authority to put covenants. These things should have been in place when Gmayiel was president and other Maronite presidents. Otherwise what is the point of being president? to attend ceremonies for when the Pope visits Lebanon or to be there to make a difference to his own people. Blame him, blame yourself – you are not leaders, you are holidaymakers. No one really cares for Lebanon any more. They either live in Paris or immigrated to Canada etc.   Not long ago Hizballah were the position, from 1990 to 2005 is 15 years. Who ruled? and who made laws, all politicians sit and argue personal politics – you never hear Parliamentarians in the house talking practical things like – water, electricity, transport, hospitals, schools, town planning, conservation, environment – So now they cry wolf? they deserve everything which happens to them – short sighted men and women so called educated. Huh. 

  • Hannibal

    Confront the selling how? Money talks… Without money you cannot fight nor hold on to your heritage… They will outbreed you and buy you out inch by inch… Khaliji money to the Sunnis and Persian money to the Shiites… The Christians sold out the minute they separated Church from government… It is over. Do you see the Vatican offering the Christians money? Prayers do not build countries… God is not in the real estate business. Tell the pope that. Only a crusade will get you back the land. A crusade of money AND a war machine. Screw Peace. It does not work. If not pack up and leave.

  • Hannibal

    Confront the selling how? Money talks… Without money you cannot fight nor hold on to your heritage… They will outbreed you and buy you out inch by inch… Khaliji money to the Sunnis and Persian money to the Shiites… The Christians sold out the minute they separated Church from government… It is over. Do you see the Vatican offering the Christians money? Prayers do not build countries… God is not in the real estate business. Tell the pope that. Only a crusade will get you back the land. A crusade of money AND a war machine. Screw Peace. It does not work. If not pack up and leave.