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Arlette Tabet, a judge in the image of man

9 أيلول 2013 at 00:00

Despite all that is happening in the region, mutations that are changing the face of the political map of the region, and – who knows – the geographic map also, in spite of wars and revolutions that have not yet laid their anchors on safe shores, thus denying this right to citizens, Lebanese are still engaging in battles full of disappointment, far from reality, as if they did not care about the situation, or as if they were not aware of; the Lebanese do not pay attention but to terrorist explosions threatening their lives and the lives of their children who ready for the new school year, and to amassing food so to not starve in time of war .

Political calculations are so tiny if we were to compare them with what is happening around us. In Lebanon, there is no space for diplomacy. In Lebanon, no government decides. Only our dear Minister of Foreign Affairs blindly follows the guidelines of Syrian policy in Lebanon. Our dear minister acts as if he owned the land, or as if the political party he represents possessed the country. Our dear minister resembles the Pharaoh of Egypt, the tyrant of Syria, commander of the revolution, and ignoring the “happy endings” of those.

As our small matters and calculations do not exceed the very small size of our country, and as we enjoy playing as time passes by, it is therefore probably important to get away from this nonsense, and rather stop at two issues related to human rights and world heritage: the first refers to the village of Maaloula and its historical and heritage value. In Maaloula are the world's oldest monasteries (monastery of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus), and the most revered Christian sanctuaries (monastery of Saint Takla). Aramaic, language of Christ, is still spoken. The excessive harm of which Maaloula was the victim symbolizes the abandonment of a heritage for all mankind, and a victory for resentment and ignorance.

The second points relates to a decision brings back hope, a decision that honors human rights in a time when honor and human rights are desecrated. It is Judge Arlette Tabet who took this decision, thus ensuring a wife and two children are brought back home, the husband of the latter having sacked and sold his apartment to a co-worker, thus prohibiting the wife he had deceived any legal issue.

The judge did not break the law. Rather, she bravely set a precedent. The home is a property to share, a right to all family members – the right of residence being the most important. This decision breathes new life into Lebanese justice; hope is reborn in the spirit of the Lebanese for a guarantor, a protector who despises temptation and bribe, a savior who stands the grounds of a victim to win their rights, without having previously known them.

We do not know Judge Arlette Tabet in person, but it is an old motto that says, “By their acts you will recognize them.” These words fit well Arlette Tabet who is blowing hope in Lebanon despite the corruption eroding it.

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