Is this my ID? هيدي هويتي؟

In protest of the recent Orthodox Law, activists have staged rallies demonstrating their anger at the failures of a system that’s becoming more sectarian every day.

We tend to be angry all the time, and for good reasons. But what about using ridicule? We are after all a very small country. That we are able to be so divided is, let’s face it, pathetic.

But it’s not all black and white. Some Lebanese – perhaps most – are truly awesome.

I stumbled upon this funny Ad by SawtBeirut on YouTube and provided the English translation for those who don’t speak Lebanese (actors, actresses, excuse mistakes in spelling your names).

The following video has been approved by the Republic of Sarcasm.

I’m Firas Alam, Shiite, from the Republic of Baalbeck Hermel.
I’m Elias Melki, Orthodox, from the Republic of Northern Koura.
I’m Mirna, a Maronite from Maronistan, and this is my ID.
I’m Muhammad Ayoubi, Sunni, from the Islamic State of Tripoli.
I’m Ren, Catholic, from the Kingdom of Zahleh Dar El Salam.
I’m Agob Gechechyan, Armenian from the Independent Republic of Burj Hammoud.
I’m Reem Bou Chafra, Druze from the Mutasarrifate of Greater Chouf and this is my sister Sally.

So that we don’t come to this, say No to the Sectarian Law.

So Hi everyone. I’m Joey Ayoub, from the Kingdom of Zahleh Dar El Salam. Go Lions!

Update. Powerful video released today on the protest mentioned above


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  1. Zahleeeeeee Represent. Also this law is ludicrous and im going to my polling station and voting for every available candidate who s not from my sect.

  2. The problem with Lebanese citizens is that they tend to only look at things from one side. Everything has pros and cons, but for some reason everyone decided to focus on the negatives and forget about the positives in this situation.

    Let face it, the Lebanese people are divided, whether we like it or not; and the sooner we realize that, and work with it instead of against it, the better. I remember back when I was an AUB student; I was friends with everyone, regardless of his religion/political affiliations. But when the election period came, everyone changes; everyone just sits and talks with his group of the same religion on political party. So if it is the case for the highly educated people in Lebanon, then what are we leaving for the others.

    I’m not saying that this electoral law will solve everything, but sometimes in order to take two steps forward, you need to take one step back, so let’s look at this new law from a different perspective. Now that u can only vote for the people from the same religion, at least you start voting for the people that are the most eligible rather than just voting for the person with the same religion. And let’s not forget, with this system, the independent candidates will have a higher chance of getting elected.

    So all I’m saying is that, just keep an open mind and analyse the situation very well before making decisions, and always look at the bigger picture; be skeptical and don’t just criticize everything.

    • It’s really sad, what you just wrote. Sadder than those who would openly say that they would never reject the sectarian system. I disagree with what you wrote but agree with the essence. I see that ultimately we’re on the same side, just disagree on the methods.
      How many times have we heard people saying that Lebanon needs a dictatorship to fight sectarianism? I have, many times. Isn’t it true? A secularism-oriented dictator might suppress sectarian elements which might give rise to a more secular mentality in the population that might eventually lead to a more united mentality that might want to overthrow the dictator eventually. Sure.
      That too would be considered taking a step back before taking a step forward. But I don’t see any moral arguments that anyone can make to support a dictatorship? Who would be the dictator? on what basis? why not me? why not you?
      My biggest fear with this law is not the law itself bur rather how lethal the consequences my be to the democratic spirit that governs all hopeful activists. It is the idea that your religion must not matter that has to be pushed forward. That, and that alone, can lead to true change. What you think will be change is just another farce. There will be no independent candidates under the orthodox law by definition because I am forced to depend on the religion I was born in. I don’t want to vote for any Greek Catholic, I don’t want to vote for anyone that puts up his/her religion as some sort of valid position or argument. It’s not. I want to vote for someone based on his/her campaign proposal.
      Anything less than that is an insult to our intelligence and integrity.

      • Don’t take me wrong, I’m not saying that this is a good step that was taken. but lets face it, the people that vote without regard to religion like u and me are a very small minority, we make up maximum 20% of all voters, and we eventually don’t even vote because we are unhappy with our candidates (since they don’t have any campaign proposal)

        So this step at least keeps everything transparent, ma bet khalle el ness teddahak 3a ba3ed (bel 3arabe el mshabrah)

        hek hek every one is voting for his religion, with or without this law, at least now its out in the open.

        And i say there are bigger problems than this, how about those 6 extra noueb that will be added this year, their salary could cover over 200 people working with minimum wage, i think that is a bigger issue to tackle.

        Anyway, i love my country, and i hate seeing it being torn apart like this, but with the increasing number of uneducated people running it and following their leaders blindly, i don’t have high hopes for it.

        thanks for blog, i appreciate that you replied to my post, i just urge u to look at it like u said from the essence of it.


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