IDS removes the posters that mock the Saudi King

saudi king of spades cartoonLebanese internal security forces removed on Tuesday posters mocking Saudi King Abdullah in a move considered as a response to a cartoon published in a Saudi al-Watan newspaper on Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, according to LBC.

The posters that portrayed the Saudi King as the king of spades holding in his hand a sword stained with blood were seen pasted to the side of a pedestrian bridge in Jal al-Dib, Matn, early Tuesday.

Lebanon’s state prosecutor ordered Tuesday the arrest of individuals behind the distribution of the posters.

“Judge Hatem Madi tasked the Criminal Investigations Bureau to launch a probe to determine the identity of the individuals responsible for this act, locate them, arrest them and refer them to the judiciary,” according to LBC.

Al Watan’s carton depicting the Maronite Patriarch in a derogatory manner, replacing his miter with a rocket and highlighting the common letters between the patriarch and the Syrian president’s names in Arabic, ( Beshar) following his visit to Syria over the weekend, was published last Tuesday. The daily apologized the following day.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Assiri commented on the incident:

“This is a despicable act and is only a reflection of those who are responsible for it.”

“This does not represent the respectable principles and values of the brotherly Lebanese people,” the ambassador added.

He also said that the Saudi king’s stance toward Lebanon “represent his love for this dear country and its people.”

  • Moe28

    What happened to freedom of expression?

    • 5thDrawer

      ‘Brotherly values’ means you have to arrest the freedom, Moe. :-))))
      But it IS a well-done poster … good thing they got pictures first. ;-)

  • Moe28

    What happened to freedom of expression?

    • 5thDrawer

      ‘Brotherly values’ means you have to arrest the freedom, Moe. :-))))
      But it IS a well-done poster … good thing they got pictures first. ;-)

  • sam

    “Judge Hatem Madi tasked the Criminal Investigations Bureau to launch a probe to determine the identity of the individuals responsible for this act, locate them, arrest them and refer them to the judiciary” This has got to be a joke. It seems to me that all they could do is prosecute them for vandalism.

  • sam

    “Judge Hatem Madi tasked the Criminal Investigations Bureau to launch a probe to determine the identity of the individuals responsible for this act, locate them, arrest them and refer them to the judiciary” This has got to be a joke. It seems to me that all they could do is prosecute them for vandalism.

  • sam

    Did they ever arrest the people who burnt the KFC? or they too busy going after people who practice their right to free expression? I thought Lebanon was a western styled democracy, not a dictatorship like all the other Arab countries. We really want to support the Saudis on this? The biggest hypocrites in the Arab world. Why don’t we start outlawing women to drive and socialize with men?

    • 5thDrawer

      Robbed, then burnt. And you expected arrests for that? Hohoho …
      Yesterday’s ‘dust-ups’ in the usual slow-report mode … every time the army runs elsewhere the RPGs and hand grenades pop out.

    • IraniAngel

      lebanon is not even in the neighborhood of a western styled democracy

  • sam

    Did they ever arrest the people who burnt the KFC? or they too busy going after people who practice their right to free expression? I thought Lebanon was a western styled democracy, not a dictatorship like all the other Arab countries. We really want to support the Saudis on this? The biggest hypocrites in the Arab world. Why don’t we start outlawing women to drive and socialize with men?

    • 5thDrawer

      Robbed, then burnt. And you expected arrests for that? Hohoho …
      Yesterdays ‘dust-ups’ in the usual slow-report mode … every time the army runs elsewhere the RPGs and hand grenades pop out.

    • IraniAngel

      lebanon is not even in the neighborhood of a western styled democracy

  • Prophettttt

    Yali Istahou Mattou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The internal security has nothing to do except remove a banner that is critical of a corrupt king. As if Lebanon has no crimes ,no corruption, and no other problem ,and our state prosecutor -who has so much free time-ordered the arrest of individuals behind the distribution of this banner!!!!!!The country must be free of any illegal activities that the prosecutor will soon apply the “no spit law”. What a shame.

    • Constantin7

      Prophetttt,
      Exactly, the security people are ignoring the arms trafficking people between Syria and Lebanon, the kidnappers and ransom requesters from innocent working people minding their own lives, the armed parties (whoever they are) who are dictating the people’s lifes and destiny, the corrupt politicians who are supporting the import of outdated poisionous food and drug to sell to the public, etc…. and running after a stupid ban about the Saudi King.
      Oh I forgot that Saudi Arabia is funding many many economic and social programs in Lebanon, so understandable…. you cannot bite the hand that is feeding you! Without counting the 100s of thousand of Lebanese you are working in Saudi Arabia and helping their families in Lebanon economically. All this does not mean that I support this corrupt terrorists supporter of a regime in Saudi Arabia. Basically, the Lebanese governemnt is playing politics to please this filthy rich corrupted kindgom.

      • Prophettttt

        Constantin7, Good day to you.

        You also forgot to mention that The house of Saud is financing all the hard core criminal fanatics in the Muslim world and else where.,who have killed thousands of people in the name of the religion they know nothing about.
        As for the threats of denying Lebanese the opportunity of working in the Gulf states,and as for the threat of cutting the funds on social programs , It’s a threat to collectively punish an entire nation because some one criticized the so called king.It proves every thing I’ve said on this blog about the kings and emirs of the gulf states,and it also proves everything I have said about the wicked school of thought of Mohammad Bin Abdul wahab and his wicked sect. His own father and brother thought He had wicked thoughts.

  • Prophettttt

    Yali Istahou Mattou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The internal security has nothing to do except remove a banner that is critical of a corrupt king. As if Lebanon has no crimes ,no corruption, and no other problem ,and our state prosecutor -who has so much free time-ordered the arrest of individuals behind the distribution of this banner!!!!!!The country must be free of any illegal activities that the prosecutor will soon apply the “no spit law”. What a shame.

    • Constantin7

      Prophetttt,
      Exactly, the security people are ignoring the arms trafficking people between Syria and Lebanon, the kidnappers and ransom requesters from innocent working people minding their own lives, the armed parties (whoever they are) who are dictating the people’s lifes and destiny, the corrupt politicians who are supporting the import of outdated poisionous food and drug to sell to the public, etc…. and running after a stupid ban about the Saudi King.
      Oh I forgot that Saudi Arabia is funding many many economic and social programs in Lebanon, so understandable…. you cannot bite the hand that is feeding you! Without counting the 100s of thousand of Lebanese you are working in Saudi Arabia and helping their families in Lebanon economically. All this does not mean that I support this corrupt terrorists supporter of a regime in Saudi Arabia. Basically, the Lebanese governemnt is playing politics to please this filthy rich corrupted kindgom.

      • Prophettttt

        Constantin7, Good day to you.

        You also forgot to mention that The house of Saud is financing all the hard core fanatics in the Muslim world,who have killed thousands of people in the name of the religion they know nothing about.
        As for the threats of denying Lebanese the opportunity of working in the Gulf states,and as for the threat of cutting the funds on social programs , It’s a threat to collectively punish an entire nation because some one criticized the so called king.It proves every thing I’ve said on this blog about the kings and emirs of the gulf states,and it also proves everything I have said about the wicked school of thought of Mohammad Bin Abdul wahab and his wicked sect. His own father and brother thought He had wicked thoughts.

  • dateam

    A few weeks ago the same people that support saudia arabia butchered and hacked our army officers to death then drove over them in the car….there was no reaction from saudia arabia….il leave it at that….

    • Prophettttt

      Please note that same people who defended the murderers of Lebanese officers two weeks ago are exactly the same people who were “OUTRAGED” at the banner mocking the so called “King”.

      • dateam

        Pease also note that the same king did not denounce the sheikh that raped and murdered his own daughter but if someone steals a loaf of bread they get their hand chopped off….

  • dateam

    A few weeks ago the same people that support saudia arabia butchered and hacked our army officers to death then drove over them in the car….there was no reaction from saudia arabia….il leave it at that….

    • Prophettttt

      Please note that same people who defended the murderers of Lebanese officers two weeks ago are exactly the same people who were “OUTRAGED” at the banner mocking the so called “King”.

      • dateam

        Pease also note that the same king did not denounce the sheikh that raped and murdered his own daughter but if someone steals a loaf of bread they get their hand chopped off….

  • Persistent

    What amazes me is how pathetic and ridiculous an 80 + years old relic king look with no facial grey hair?

    • Prophettttt

      You must be jealous bro,lol

      • Persistent

        I am guilty as charged on that count.lol.

  • Persistent

    What amazes me is how pathetic and ridiculous an 80 + years old relic king with no facial grey hair?

    • Prophettttt

      You must be jealous bro,lol

      • Persistent

        You must be psychic and I am guilty as charged on that count.lol.

  • Prophettttt

    What was promised to be an Arab spring,turned out to be a disaster . From Egypt to Libya to Syria,and To Tunisia, it became a struggle between ignorance and open-mindedness . It was supposed to be a spring blossoming with democracy , freedom and tolerance,but instead, we see how liberal minded people are being killed in Tunisia; fanatics are running the streets of Libyan cities.

    In Egypt,The brotherhood won a slim majority,and are running the country as if they had 98%of the votes.
    Strange things are happening in Egypt; the statue of the legendary singer Um Khalthum went through a fashion change so that she can fit into the new society.some one put on a head veil on her head. Taha Hussein, the most popular writer who defeated blindness with his open mindedness had just lost his head because some people thought He was a Kafer. So They attacked his statue and beheaded him.
    Some are even considering covering the face of the sphinx because “Egypt no longer worship statues”.Well, at least they didn’t say they’ll bomb it,lol
    In Syria, another famous poet who also overcame blindness with a vision of heart,lost his head to the fanatics of Syria because some one told them that Abu Alaa Almaarri was related to the Assad clan.

    • Constantin7

      Well said, well said Prophetttt, “a struggle between ignorance and open-mindedness” !!!
      I should add between ignorance and knowledge, between the educated and non-educated, between democracy and theocracy/dictatorship, between modern people and people who insist to live in the middle ages, between people who treat a woman as a human being equal to man and those who treat her next to an animal (or with a lesser mind – Nakisatou Akl), between civilization and backwardness, between those who choose to use their minds and those who refuse to use it, etc, etc, etc…….
      Just dig a biiiiiiiiit deeper and ask yourself who is responsible for this ignorance and the insistance to remain in this ignorance ? I’ll leave you guess the answer to this question……
      I am tired sayng it myself all the time……but I think you can read my mind can’t you ? …..hehehehe
      BTW, I did hear that some salafi sheikh in Egypt proposed to blow up the Sphinx. I did not know though that they covered the head of Oum Koulthoum and decapitated Taha Hussein’s statute….this is hilareous….Like when Adel Imam acted in a movie that he was a coptic priest, they rioted in the streets of Cairo protesting that Adel Imam became christian, the poor guy had to make a public interview and clarify that he is still a muslim and that he was ACTING AS A PRIEST (DA TAMTHEEL YA AALAM ) in the movie….what a joke…

      • Prophettttt

        Constantin7, I chose to say that it’s a struggle between ignorance and open mindedness,instead of ignorance opposed to knowledge on purpose. The reason is that many educated and schooled people are still close minded and ignorant,and many non educated ,and illiterate people are very open minded ,tolerant , and enlightened with wisdom.
        As for who is to be blamed, I do read your mind as if I’m reading your comment,yet I beg to disagree with you as I have done previously. lol
        I admit that Muslim societies still lack the kind of education that would eliminate part of the ignorance,but I still believe that tolerance and open mindedness are the result of a civil society that is established and protected by civil governments and liberal laws. Freedom of speech offers the opportunities for independent thinkers and talented people to offer new ideas which would usually enrich dialogue as societies develop with time. Almost all western societies that are democratic and liberal, became to be so as a result of civil laws instead of religious laws. When the church controlled the lives of Europeans, ignorance and intolerance was the norm for most people in Europe.It took revolutions and disobedience of church laws to make the change whereby thinkers and educated people were free to think and write as they wished.It took personal freedom and liberal freedom to establish civility and democracy.

      • 5thDrawer

        Strange that people who agree with Takiya don’t understand that movies have ‘actors’.

  • Prophettttt

    What was promised to be an Arab spring,turned out to be a disaster . From Egypt to Libya to Syria,and To Tunisia, it became a struggle between ignorance and open-mindedness . It was supposed to be a spring blossoming with democracy , freedom and tolerance,but instead, we see how liberal minded people are being killed in Tunisia; fanatics are running the streets of Libyan cities.

    In Egypt,The brotherhood won a slim majority,and are running the country as if they had 98%of the votes.
    Strange things are happening in Egypt; the statue of the legendary singer Um Khalthum went through a fashion change so that she can fit into the new society.some one put on a head veil on her head. Taha Hussein, the most popular writer who defeated blindness with his open mindedness had just lost his head because some people thought He was a Kafer. So They attacked his statue and beheaded him.
    Some are even considering covering the face of the sphinx because “Egypt no longer worship statues”.Well, at least they didn’t say they’ll bomb it,lol
    In Syria, another famous poet who also overcame blindness with a vision of heart,lost his head to the fanatics of Syria because some one told them that Abu Alaa Almaarri was related to the Assad clan.

    • Constantin7

      Well said, well said Prophetttt, “a struggle between ignorance and open-mindedness” !!!
      I should add between ignorance and knowledge, between the educated and non-educated, between democracy and theocracy/dictatorship, between modern people and people who insist to live in the middle ages, between people who treat a woman as a human being equal to man and those who treat her next to an animal (or with a lesser mind – Nakisatou Akl), between civilization and backwardness, between those who choose to use their minds and those who refuse to use it, etc, etc, etc…….
      Just dig a biiiiiiiiit deeper and ask yourself who is responsible for this ignorance and the insistance to remain in this ignorance ? I’ll leave you guess the answer to this question……
      I am tired sayng it myself all the time……but I think you can read my mind can’t you ? …..hehehehe
      BTW, I did hear that some salafi sheikh in Egypt proposed to blow up the Sphinx. I did not know though that they covered the head of Oum Koulthoum and decapitated Taha Hussein’s statute….this is hilareous….Like when Adel Imam acted in a movie that he was a coptic priest, they rioted in the streets of Cairo protesting that Adel Imam became christian, the poor guy had to make a public interview and clarify that he is still a muslim and that he was ACTING AS A PRIEST (DA TAMTHEEL YA AALAM ) in the movie….what a joke…

      • Prophettttt

        Constantin7, I chose to say that it’s a struggle between ignorance and open mindedness,instead of ignorance opposed to knowledge on purpose. The reason is that many educated and schooled people are still close minded and ignorant,and many non educated ,and illiterate people are very open minded ,tolerant , and enlightened with wisdom.
        As for who is to be blamed, I do read your mind as if I’m reading your comment,yet I beg to disagree with you as I have done previously. lol
        I admit that Muslim societies still lack the kind of education that would eliminate part of the ignorance,but I still believe that tolerance and open mindedness are the result of a civil society that is established and protected by civil governments and liberal laws. Freedom of speech offers the opportunities for independent thinkers and talented people to offer new ideas which would usually enrich dialogue as societies develop with time. Almost all western societies that are democratic and liberal, became to be so as a result of civil laws instead of religious laws. When the church controlled the lives of Europeans, ignorance and intolerance was the norm for most people in Europe.It took revolutions and disobedience of church laws to make the change whereby thinkers and educated people were free to think and write as they wished.It took personal freedom and liberal freedom to establish civility and democracy.

      • 5thDrawer

        Strange that people who agree with Takiya don’t understand that movies have ‘actors’.

  • davek1543

    Prophetttt wrote,

    “…who have killed thousands of people in the name of the religion they know nothing about….”

    They know exactly what the religion is abot. That is why they kill thousands of people.

  • davek1543

    Prophetttt wrote,

    “…who have killed thousands of people in the name of the religion they know nothing about….”

    They know exactly what the religion is abot. That is why they kill thousands of people.