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Lebanese Society in California Normalizes with Israelis
Local Editor

In the context of normalizing relations with the Israelis, a Lebanese association in California was hosting a joint event with an Israeli council to raise funds.

Lebanese, Israeli joint eventThe declared aim of the “charity fundraiser” event organized by the Lebanese Social Club (LSC) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) along with the Israeli Leadership Council was to raise funds for “the disadvantaged children of Israel and Lebanon.”

The group is part of the Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN), which Al-Akhbar newspaper revealed earlier this month is heavily sponsored by the CIA, leading to claims that it was little more than a recruitment center for the American spy network.

The tagline for the “Night of the Arts” event, scheduled for May 6 in the Ackerman Student Union at UCLA, says it “will be a grand celebration of the culture, passion, and ethos of the Israeli and Lebanese peoples.”

It adds “all profits will be divided equally 50/50 among orphanages in Israel and Lebanon,” without mentioning the thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation in recent decades.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said the government was to look into the legality of the event under Lebanese law. “We will investigate whether the Lebanese Social Club consists of Lebanese citizens or Lebanese Americans,” he said.

The Israeli Leadership Council, which is co-organizing the event, aims at "building an active and giving Israeli-American community in order to strengthen the State of Israel." The group also has a close relationship with the "Friends of the IDF" charity.

Event co-organizer Patrick Malkoun, from the university's Lebanese Social Club, said he had not been aware of any legal issues concerning Lebanese citizens having dealings with Israelis.

"We are all here as college students to prove our worth in this world, what we can do in the business world. If we can put on events, if we can put on charity fundraisers, if we can contact people to show off communication skills and business skills," he said.

Samah Idriss, Director of the Campaign to Boycott Israel Supporters in Lebanon, said the group's decision undermined attempts to isolate the Zionist entity.

“At a time when tens of artists and thousands of people around the world are boycotting Israel, a bunch of "Lebanese" students attempt to normalize relations with Israel. I hope Lebanese students at UCLA who know the meaning of national dignity stand up to those Israeli-Lebanese,” he said.

Following the article, Al-Akhbar has learned that a board member of the group has resigned. “The CIA taints the LCN in the perspectives of those in Lebanon, and even many people here. CIA associations damage the credibility of anyone and everyone in the Lebanese public sphere, especially in light of recent events,” the board member said in a resignation letter obtained by Al-Akhbar.

“The very fact that the CIA is one of the largest LCN donors has created a negative stigma that will follow the LCN. I hereby resign and call on those within the LCN to boycott this organization if they share similar opinions to mine,” it added.

In a similar but honorable act, a Tunisian child withdrew from international championship sports when he learned that he would face an Israeli one.

 

Source: Newspapers

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User Comments Number of comments: 4
1 - Token House Arabs Obeying "Israel"
Levantine | Syria 15:01 2012-05-02
Lol at zionists
2 - Illegal and unethical
HUSSEIN BITAR | USA 18:52 2012-05-02
All Lebanese citizens involved in this scam should be tried under Lebanese law for providing aid to an
enemy entity that is at war with Lebanon and all attempts to send this blood money to Lebanon. This is
like the zionists to kill the parents and buy sympathy for their criminal acts with money. We do not need
their filthy money we can take care of our own children, we are not for sale
3 - California 2 jew US Senators Fienstien/Boxer running against
Bryan Ranger | USA 02:50 2012-05-03
My 2 jew senators (Fienstien/Boxer( and my jew congressman Schiff fix it so blacks and USA citizens have
not jobs then they program the blacks to hate whites. So when are finally ready for a civil war (killing
a couple more blacks in Pasadena California for some riots) then they censor the newspapers and media on
discussing the events leading up to civil war and censor the ones who have been killed so the war cannot
proceed. What do these Hollywood faggots jews want? I am running against
Fiensteinhttp://rangerforboxersenateseat.weebly.com/Here is Fienstien website
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/Been have problems with NAACPers and Jews so please rocket the
Israelis.
4 - California 2 jew US Senators Fienstien/Boxer running against
Bryan Ranger | USA 02:55 2012-05-03
My 2 jew senators (Fienstien/Boxer( and my jew congressman Schiff fix it so blacks and USA citizens have
not jobs then they program the blacks to hate whites. So when are finally ready for a civil war (killing
a couple more blacks in Pasadena California for some riots) then they censor the newspapers and media on
discussing the events leading up to civil war and censor the ones who have been killed so the war cannot
proceed. What do these Hollywood faggots jews want? I am running against
Fiensteinhttp://rangerforboxersenateseat.weebly.com/Here is Fienstien website
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/Where is my contract for a public domain R

 

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