Should Gulf states expel Lebanese people?

Saudi Arabia’s problem is not with the entire Lebanese people, but with a small category that Iran controls, and which has declared war against Gulf countries and Arabs. The friendly history between the kingdom and the Lebanese people cannot be forgotten.

Dr Ahmed al-Arfaj wrote an article entitled “Deporting the Lebanese people is mercy for everyone.”

He conveyed extreme opinions as he vented his anger against the entire Lebanese people without distinguishing among them, and held them all accountable for what a few of them have done. It is as if the diverse country, which includes several sects, is entirely responsible for the acts of an aggressive category that hijacked the state.

Perhaps Arfaj wrote the article due to some Lebanese media outlets’ recent exaggerations - which may go as far as being immoral - regarding the role of Lebanese people’s contributions to developing Gulf countries.

He noted the indisputable and significant role of Palestinians, Sudanese, Jordanians and Egyptians in development, and said Lebanese went to the Gulf after the region had flourished in order “to make profit.”

Collective punishment

The political dispute with terrorists in Lebanon does not mean we should adopt extreme acts ourselves, as this would be a deliberate reaction against categories of people that have always been loving and benevolent toward us.

 

Strict acts and decisiveness must only be adopted toward those who are working within the framework of armed militias rather than the Lebanese state, and taking orders from Iran

Turki Al-Dakhil

Strict acts and decisiveness must only be adopted toward those who are working within the framework of armed militias rather than the Lebanese state, and taking orders from Iran.

We do not wish that our dear Lebanese brothers and sisters be deported from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, as we are a part of them and they are a part of us. They must not all bear the burden for what one section of the society has done.

This article was first published by Okaz newspaper on Mar. 07, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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