For Omar Harfouch, the whole world must shed light on Lebanon’s racist, sectarian and anti-Semitic laws.
Lebanese Omar Harfouch, head of the secular initiative for the “Third Lebanese Republic” and a fighter against corruption, denounced Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s anti-Semitic decision to cancel the Lebanese state’s contract with French lawyers who are trying to recover Lebanese funds looted by the political class, writes Colin Stevens in EU Reporter.
These funds, passed illegally and hidden in European banks, were recently frozen because one of the Jewish lawyers correctly intervened, but with the implied excuse of religious affiliation, the Lebanese Prime Minister cancelled the contract.
For Harfouch, the whole world must shed light on Lebanon’s racist, sectarian and anti-Semitic laws and decisions that persecute any Lebanese woman or man if he communicates, deals with or stands next to a Jew anywhere in the world.
Discriminating against citizens on such grounds totally violates human rights, according to the UN Charter.
In April, Harfouch was criticized in Lebanon for having spoken at a European Parliament symposium which was attended by several Israelis. He said that it is unreasonable and antisemitic to expect him to inquire whether each person he meets abroad is Jewish or Israeli.
He said that in France, where he lives, and elsewhere in Europe, he would even be susceptible to criminal charges for such inquiries. He also said that the Lebanese boycott of meetings with Israelis must be stopped and that now that there are many Israelis in the Gulf States, the boycott has become exceedingly unreasonable.