Al Manar embaresses Lebanon by launching anti-campaign against French-Moroccan Comedian, Gad El Maleh
I’ve seen absurdity, but this is by far the most harsh campaign you can launch on Lebanon. A cultural campaign hits it right at its heart. When asked how would Hezbollah’s mouth piece, Al Manar can damage and change Lebanon’s image and identity, this is precisely one mean.
To ease the pain, L’Orient-Le Jour’s cover page today titled:”Le Liban dit « ahlan wa sahlan » à Gad Elmaleh“, in reference to a reversal of decision from Gad El Maleh to come to Lebanon, where its people would welcome him with open arms.
In a news conference held at the premises of the Tourism Ministry, was attended by Tourism Minister Elie Marouni, Information Minister Tarek Mitri, Culture Minister Tammam Salam, and Interior Minister Ziad Baroud later joined the event, and of course Beiteddine’s organization head Nora Jumblatt were all there to critisize Al Manar.
The photomontage above, which includes a picture of the artist, a photo of an Israeli soldier, and an image of Lebanon under attack, is how Al Manar portrayed Gad El Maleh. The channel claimed that the photograph of the Israeli soldier, which “does bear something of a resemblance“, was that of the artist at hand, leading viewers to believe that the Moroccan-born French citizen at some point served in the IDF. The photograph, along with several others, had been originally published on a pro-Israel website some 12 years ago. FRANCE 24 contacted the website, which explained that as an organisation which supports ASBI-Keren soldiers, the photographs, each accompanied by a comment from a celebrity, were sold in order to raise funds for social work projects. The picture in question however, was certainly not that of Gad El Maleh. Out of courtoisie, Gad has stated he would like to cancel his three shows due to security reasons.
By over-politicising Lebanon, there’s no space for hindsight or self-criticism. You cannot ban the right to laugh.
I’ve already counted myself in and signed up to the movement on Facebook titled ‘NON Au Terrorism Intellectuel! OUI a Gad ElMaleh Au Liban‘.
The Inner Circle is even looking into forming a symbolic protest in front of Al-Manar once we get the get to go from Ministry of Interior. Follow us on Twitter.
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