Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Near Miss: Lebanese can't talk to Israelis?

CNN reported tonight, as part of a bigger story about how difficult it's been to get Hezbollah's side of the current war with Israel, an interesting fact (if true): It is illegal in Lebanon for a Lebanese citizen to actually talk to an Israeli.

The network reported that a 1993 Miss Lebanon faced prosecution for posing with a Miss Israel, because of this treason law (photo at left). Lebanon's top public prosecutor wanted to try her for "collaborating with the enemy," but apparently the case went away when Miss Lebanon claimed she didn't realize she was standing next to Miss Israel. It was four months after the pageant before Miss Lebanon was allowed back inside her country.

Any readers out there know if this law truly exists, and why? Comments?


Jill said...

I had no idea about this "law". Considering some of the things that are forbidden in the Arab world who knows? For that matter, if we go back into some very old laws that are still on the books in each state, we'd probably find some odd ones.

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a Third World paranoid mentality that pervades much of the Middle East?