Statement by workers in the public cultural sphere in Lebanon
29 July 2006
We the undersigned declare:
1) Our conscious support for the Lebanese national resistance as it wages a war in defense of our sovereignty and independence, a war to release Lebanese imprisoned in Israel, a war to safeguard the dignity of the Lebanese and Arab people.We the undersigned, in declaring our intentions, also therefore, call upon:
1) The Lebanese government, which we want to see leading a sovereign, democratic state for all Lebanese, to realize its full responsibilities, especially in terms of embracing the Lebanese Resistance in diverse ways, and particularly after the clarification of Israel's plan to destroy the infrastructure, institutions, and political entity of Lebanon.Resistance is an intellectual act par excellence. That is because the goal of intellectual activity, like resistance, is to defend the values of justice and equality of all people. For this reason we, the undersigned, consider, regardless of our varying intellectual inclinations, cultural and critical activity an integral part of Lebanese national resistance, indeed of resistance to injustice anywhere in the world.
Samah Idriss (PhD, Al-Adab Magazine), Joseph Samaha (Al-Akhbar Newspaper), Talal Salman (Al-Safir Newspaper), Muhammad 'Ali Shamseddin (Poet), Mai Masri (Film director), Kirsten Scheid (Asst. Prof in Anthropology, AUB), Omar Nashabeh (PhD in criminology), Rania Masri (Asst. Prof, Fac. of Science, University of Balamand), Jean Cham'oun (Film director), Wasef 'Awadah (Journalist), Amin Qammuriyyeh (Journalist), Sa'dallah Mazra'ani (Journalist & Media Commentator), Hilmi Mousa (Political Analyst), Adonis Al-'Akra (Phd, philosophy, Lebanese Univ.), Ibrahim Al-Amin (Journalist), Graziella Kallab (Psychotherapist), Laila Al-Khatib (Phd, Literary Criticism), Zaynab Yaghi (Journalist), Jihad Touma (Phd, AUB), Husayn Ayyoub (Journalist), Najib Nasrallah (Journalist), 'Imad Marmal (Journalist), Nasri Al-Sayigh (Writer), Pierre Abi Sa'b (Journalist), Fatima Sharafeddine (Children's Author), Khalil Zahreddin (Geologist & Cultural Activist), Hanady Salman (Journalist), Camille Dagher (Writer), Walid Sharara (Journalist), Khalil Harb (Journalist), Hala Bajjani (Al-Akhbar Newspaper), Hanna Al-Hajj (Phd, Sociology), Nabil Haytham (Journalist), Hashim Qasem (Journalist), Sa'd Mehio (Journalist), Adel 'Ammous (Publisher), George Haddad (Writer), Ranwa Yehya (Coordinator of an Arab Youth program), Adnan Al-Sahili (Economist & Journalist), Mousa Al-Hindi (Cultural Activist), Imad Haydar (Journalist), Ahmad Dallal (Prof. of Islamic Studies, Georgetown Univ.), As'ad Abu Khalil (Prof. of Political Sciences, Univ. of California at Stanislaus), Rabi'a Salman (Journalist & Teacher), Nada Al-Qara (Cultural Activist & Health Worker), Firas Al-Amin (Writer), Sulayman Bakhti (Literary Critic), Tareq Ghaddar (Prof. AUB), Pascal Lahhoud (Phd), Jumana B'albaki (Journalist), Khalid Saghiyyeh (Asst. Prof., AUB), Sa'da 'Allaw (Journalist), Sahar Mandour (Journalist), Nader Sabbagh (Journalist), Juhayna Khalidiyyah (Journalist), Madonna Sam'an (Journalist), Ghada Ali Kalash (Writer & Journalist), Mundhir Sulayman (Phd, Political Analyst), Husayn Nasrallah (Journalist, Al-Kifah Al-'Arabi Newspaper), Gabi Abou 'Atmeh (Journalist), Salwa Ba'lbaki (Journalist), Fatin Qubaysi (Journalist), Rana Nawfal (Publisher), Maysa 'Awwad (Journalist), Ali Salman (Journalist), Wafiq Qansoh (Journalist), Omar Al-Ayyubi (Writer & Translator), Sharif Al-Rifa'i (Architect), Saqr Abu Fakhr (Journal of Palestine Studies), Jacques Al-Aswad (Art Critic & Lexicographer), Michel Riyachi (Cultural Activist), Zeinab Sharafeddine (Journalist), Dr. Nicolas Abou Mourad (Doctorat en Théologie, Prof. à l'Université de Balamand), Ahmad Bazzoun (Journalist), Ghassan Nasser (Architect & Cultural Activist)...
In addition letters of support from workers in the public cultural sphere outside Lebanon were received from Dr. Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd & Dr. Ibtihal Younis (Egypt), Nasser Rabbat (Agha Khan Professor of Architecture, MIT), Khodor 'Awarika (Novelist & Political Essayist), Ziad Mona (Writer & Publisher, Syria)...
Beirut, July 25, 2006
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