Friday, July 13, 2012

Racism and Segregation at Lebanese Beaches


Jadaliyya covers the Situation.

Recently, the Ministiry of Tourism in Lebanon issued a memorandum banning discrmination in the country's private pools and beaches. Such a ban came after many years of the barring of entry or other forms of discrimination against migrant domestic laborers and those assumed to be migrant domestic laborers. In an effort to monitor and encourage the implementation of this recent official ban on discrimination, the Lebanese group Anti-Racism Movement has produced the following two videos highliting the continued and widespread practice of discrimination at private beaches in Lebanon.

Flat Out Segregation at Lebanese Beaches (Part 1)
In this video, a hidden camera documents a discriminatory act the Saint-George Yacht Club and Marina (Beirut). Following the incident, the Ministry of Tourism Police were called and activists were assured that the Saint-George would be fined. The business also issued an appology promising to ensure that that such discrumination would not take place again. Activists want to be clear that they were not singling out the Saint-George club, but that this was the only available footage of what is a much broader phenomenon.

Flat Out Segregation at Lebanese Beaches (Part 2)

In this video, activists call several of the private beaches and pools to ask (1) whether migrant domestic workes are allowed to enter and (2) whether they are allowed to swim. Establishments featured inlcude: Golden Beach (00:12); Oceana (00:28); Miramar (01:05); Long Beach (01:20); Edde Sands (01:37); Florida Beach (01:50); Portemillo (02:12); Cyna (02:47); La Plage (03:01); Las Salinas (03:31).

What You Can Do
The Anti-Racism Movement has asked that people in Lebanon do the following in an effort to support and amplify their efforts to ensure that the discrimination ban in Lebanon is enforced:
  • If you witness an act of discrimination at a beach (not letting someone in, not letting them swim, other "filtration policies", etc.), please call the tourism police right away (hotline: 1735), and let them know!
  • If you do not want to call the tourism police, let Anti-Racism Movement know (by phone, SMS, or email) and we will deal with it! (See contact information below)
  • Please send Anti-Racism Movement your experiences at beaches in Lebanon. You can email us, call us, send us a video or a picture. You will remain completely anonymous unless you ask for your name to be used.

Anti-Racism Movement Contact Information

Phone: 01-565442 or 71-486601
Email:    antiracismlb@gmail.com
Website: http://antiracismmovement.com

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