Member of the Lebanese Parliament parks in a spot Reserved for Handicapped

That’s Lebanon?

Photo by Sara Habbouche

This is in ABC Ashrafieh.

The driver decided it was OK to threaten the photographer.  No, this is not OK.

We all know handicapped people and we all know how hard their life is in Lebanon.

Update 1:

I did not know whose car it was before writing this.

– www.xkhabar.com wrote: http://xkhabar.com/news-5569.html
– www.lorientlejour.com wrote: http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/814856/son-auto-etait-garee-sur-une-place-pour-handicapes-le-depute-moukheiber-sexcuse.html

Update 2:

Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber replied:

Dear Ms. Kamel Dear All,

This conversation was brought to my attention just now. Here is what I have to say.

1 – I congratulate the attitude of all whistle-blowers including of the person who complained first;

2 – all persons accused (including a policeman, driver or MP) should be given the right to explain before any such person is verbally attacked, slandered and made guilty.

3 – the car is indeed mine, however I was never aware where my driver had parked it after I had stepped down from it; I personally have therefore nothing to to with this parking issue.

4 – If as evidenced in the picture, it was parked by my driver in a handicapped slot, and if he might have further misbehaved, then this is a legal violation that I totally disapprove and condone; I therefore apologize to all for such act and will make sure that remedial action is taken and that it certainly is never repeated.

5 – My driver has standing and permanent instructions that, as a Parliamentary plated car, I and him should be the most law abiding citizen in Lebanon and not the other way around … there are no privileges there but an increased citizen duty. Unfortunately mistakes sometimes happen and they are appropriately addressed.

6 – for many unfortunate comments that I read in this thread, please know that it was myself who wrote, as a lawyer the law 220/2000 on handicapped rights; Handicapped rights is a cause that is very present in my actions, before and after being an MP. For all those truly concerned with handicapped rights, please know that I do much more than just stopping or not in places reserved for handicapped cars, but relentlessly follow-up on the full and proper implementation of the Handicapped law. I hope the above answers all well meaning comments of those participating in this thread and wish you all involvement in Handicapped rights. I am most willing to involve you in many such ongoing actions.

Best regards.
Ghassan Moukheiber

Update 3: 

Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber adds on Stop Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon:

Dear All: thanks for the comments. Please note that I am not taking any blame off anybody, nor defending my driver, since I have condoned his action as illegal, apologized and promised and will take remedial action. I have also welcomed the whistle-blower action of the first post, but simply invite you to think responsibly of the most important issue at hand: that is to promote and defend handicapped rights and politicians and MPs should not be above the law!!!. If these are the real issues, then take note that: 1- as an MP I seek no privileges and welcome holding all politicians to account; and 2- I am misleading nobody when I say that working for handicapped rights it is a life commitment, that I will pursue till full implementation of Law 220 on handicapped rights, on the parking issue and all on the many other issues that need proper implementation. Best

My opinion:

I appreciate the response, neither the photographer nor I had an idea whose car this was. My intention was never personal. I only blogged about something I personally find disturbing and shared it like I usually do. I was surprised to find out that it was actually Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber’s car. I hope this serves as a lesson to everyone. No one should be above the law, nor the employees should think that it’s OK to break the rules if they work with politicians. The driver needs to understand that Mr. Moukheiber is a public figure representing the people who voted for him and that what he did and the way he reacted is not acceptable. The employer is responsible for his employee as well. The driver should also be setting an example for people to follow; besides ABC has VIP parking spots, he could have parked there.

14 thoughts on “Member of the Lebanese Parliament parks in a spot Reserved for Handicapped

  1. Thank you Rita for reporting this on your blog, I have paste it on my Special Facebook page on Civility, called “Civility Police” …. please join and send any similar news of unfair, uncivil and illegal/unlawful acts by anyone. 😉 Thank you again!

  2. thank you for highlighting on this issue. months ago i took photos of the car minister of foreign affairs 24 , he chose to park his car in the spot reserved for the disabled people at Spiney Jnah. I am handicap and i suffer on daily basis and no one understand how difficult is our life here in this country. thank you again. i share your photo and took screenshot with what you wrote underneath to share it on multiple pages. again thank you . Amal Charif

  3. A year ago I was in Hamra and I had a little incident that kind of marked me. I was “walking” in Hamra street with a friend and it was very crowded, so I decided adventurously to”walk” on the sidewalk. Now first, we all know how wheelchair-friendly our sidewalks are… But even when there’s a ramp on the sidewalk, there’s always someone blocking with their car. On that day, it was a cab and the driver was standing next to his car yelling “taxi” at every single person passing next to him. I found it very normal to ask him to move but also to explain to him that he’s not supposed to be parked there. He answered: “7adirr” in an arrogant way and then moved it. So I passed and continued “walking”. But what this cab didn’t know was that I was going to pick up something and come back the same way I went. So on my way back, I saw him again at the same spot. I stopped in front of him and smiled in a sarcastic way. Then I noticed there was a policeman standing there, so I told him that this was unacceptable and that his job was to do something about it. So he’s like: “halla2 bi zi7lik”. So I explained to him what happened before and that he’s supposed to make him not park here. The answer I got totally convinced me…NOT! He simply said: “3am ya3mel reze2to el zalame”. Ever since, I totally ignore people parking on places where they’re not allowed to, as long as I can get where I want, I don’t give a shit. Am I a a selfish coward who decided not to fight the government and its daily dose of corruption? Probably, but that’s the only way to make the most out of my life :]

  4. Dear Ms. Kamel, Deal All:

    This conversation was brought to my attention just now. Here is what I have to say. 1 – I congratulate the attitude of all whistle-blowers including of the person who complained first; 2 – all persons accused (including a policeman, driver or MP) should be given the right to explain before any such person is verbally attacked, slandered and made guilty. 3 – the car is indeed mine, however I was never aware where my driver had parked it after I had stepped down from it; I personally have therefore nothing to to with this parking issue. 4 – If as evidenced in the picture, it was parked by my driver in a handicapped slot, and if he might have further misbehaved, then this is a legal violation that I totally disapprove and condone; I therefore apologize to all for such act and will make sure that remedial action is taken and that it certainly is never repeated. 5 – My driver has standing and permanent instructions that, as a Parliamentary plated car, I and him should be the most law abiding citizen in Lebanon and not the other way around … there are no privileges there but an increased citizen duty. Unfortunately mistakes sometimes happen and they are appropriately addressed. 6 – for many unfortunate comments that I read in this thread, please know that it was myself who wrote, as a lawyer the law 220/2000 on handicapped rights; Handicapped rights is a cause that is very present in my actions, before and after being an MP. For all those truly concerned with handicapped rights, please know that I do much more than just stopping or not in places reserved for handicapped cars, but relentlessly follow-up on the full and proper implementation of the Handicapped law. I hope the above answers all well meaning comments of those participating in this thread and wish you all involvement in Handicapped rights. I am most willing to involve you in many such ongoing actions. Best regards. Ghassan Moukheiber

    • Dear MP Moukheiber,

      “I personally have therefore nothing to to with this parking issue.”

      That is a lame excuse & it is insulting to our intelligence. You are using legal language in the entirety of your rebuttal, and it’s quite telling about your attitude.

      – the driver works for you, right?
      – you own this car, right?
      – he doesn’t seem happy about the photo, right?

      So, you are responsible. Had a ticket been issued, you would be responsible for paying it (I hope).

      Just saying sorry & I won’t repeat it is not enough. It’s a typical avoidance of responsibility.

      This would have helped:
      – Fire the chauffeur.
      – Go & voluntarily pay a fine even if it wasn’t issued.

      The very fact that this chauffeur had the guts to do this is very telling. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

      We would have expected something better from you. Very disappointing.

  5. I am disgusted and appalled that there are morons roaming around in Lebanon who have no respect for the law and for handicapped people what so ever. Thank you for taking pictures of their cars and sharing them here.

    I feel the pics would be much more powerful and effective if you just attach a picture of the MP next to the car pics, so everybody can see what this imbecile looks like…

  6. If you didn’t take the photograph he would probably do this again and again. And he would not be aware of his mistake.

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