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Aug 05, 2020
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Lebanese Journalist Jerry Maher: Hizbullah, Lebanon's Corrupt Political System To Blame For Beirut Port Explosion

#8189 | 02:29
Source: Al-Arabiya Network (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)

Jerry Maher, a Lebanese journalist who is the CEO of Radio Sawt Beirut International, said in an August 5, 2020 show on Al-Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) that the same-day explosion in Beirut is a massacre in which Hizbullah is the primary suspect because it uses ports and government facilities to transport weapons. He said that Lebanon’s corrupt political system is also to blame because it has given up on confronting Hizbullah and chooses to serve personal interests at the expense of the Lebanese people.

Jerry Maher: "Unfortunately, today we witnessed a real massacre in Beirut. The primary suspect is Hizbullah, more than anyone else in the world, because Hizbullah uses ports and all the other Lebanese government facilities in order to acquire weapons. Hizbullah has been using Beirut's international airport – the Martyr PM Rafic Hariri Airport – for years. It has also used the Beirut port to transport these weapons. Today, nobody but Hizbullah is responsible [for the port explosion]. The corrupt system that allowed this party to use the Lebanese ports for its own objectives is also [responsible].

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"No only Hizbullah is responsible – so are the political system, the quotas, and the arrangements that [President] General Aoun and [former] PM Saad Al-Hariri have made with the rest of the leaders of what used to be the March 14 Alliance. They are the ones who have given up on confronting Hizbullah in order to protect their financial, economic, and political gains. Because of their personal interest, we have reached a situation in which nobody dares to criticize Hizbullah. Since 2014, we have not heard a single voice standing up to Hizbullah. Since 2014, it has been forbidden to even say one word to Hizbullah, as if Hizbullah is a religion or a sect not connected to reality or to its country. If you criticize their policy, you are 'sectarian.' If you criticize their terror, you are an 'agent,' a 'terrorist,' a 'criminal,' and a 'murderer.' They banish you from the country, they accuse you of incitement, and they threaten to kill you. The political system has given [Hizbullah] everything it wants and has surrendered to it. Unfortunately, today we see the result. We have lost Lebanon, and we have lost everything in this country because of the policies of these fools who supposedly went into politics to serve Lebanon, but instead have served their personal interests, their pockets, and their projects, which they want to advance at the expense of the Lebanese people.

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"How can we ask for aid from other countries today while there is a terrorist organization [in Lebanon] threatening the KSA and the UAE? According to an unambiguous statement by [Arab Coalition Spokesman] Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the missiles that were sent to Yemen and launched against the KSA came from the Beirut port, the exact same place that exploded today."

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