Abed Shaheen: the man who made a difference at MEA

Published on: October 9, 2012
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We are usually taken aback by the immensity of standing up for our own beliefs all on our own. But one man made a difference, and that man’s name is Abed Shaheen . Shaheen, a Lebanese citizen who was waiting to board his flight on the 6th of October from Gate 11 at Beirut Int’l Airport witnessed firsthand the accounts of blatant racism practiced publicly by MEA ground crew towards foreign workers standing in line to board their flight.

Upon standing up to the crew member for her racist behavior, she showed no sort of remorse, but instead sank deeper and deeper into the abyss of racism she had dug herself into.

To read more on Shaheen’s story, check the link below.

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  1. NICK says:

    Sorry to say Lebanese people in general are very racist people. The way they treat all foreign workers is appalling, they consider themselves a class better than the rest

  2. Dani Massoud says:

    It’s really nice to use this as a case study to show the power of social media… Great work, but you missed to add the link of the online petition!!

    • lbcblog says:

      Actually its there Dany! Hyper-linked on Abed Shaheen’s name. It leads you to his original article, then the petition! Thank you for your feedback, we also welcome contributions from our readers

  3. Anonymous says:

    On behalf of my countrymen, I thank Shaheen for doing something and not just standing by during the incident. I come from an upper middle class family in the Philippines and have no relatives working in Lebanon or the rest of the Middle East, I earn enough not to have to endure it. I say “endure” because I know enough people who have been there to know the extent of racism in the Middle East. Not just to Southeast Asians, but to South Asians, East Asians, and Africans as well. The airport incident is appalling, but it pales in comparison with the incidents recounted by returning workers here. Incidents that never get reported because no one thought it would make a difference anyway. The so-called authorities treat them the same way and our own governments are too politically and militarily weak to protect them. They have families relying on them, so they just keep their head down, and hope it doesn’t get worse. It doesn’t always work. It’s heart-breaking to see mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters returning home to their families in caskets. Most of them conveniently ruled as “suicides”, and it’s all too frighteningly common. We may not look the same, speak the same language, follow the same beliefs, or be as wealthy, but underneath all that, we are all human. Dignity is not a privilege. These people are employees, not slaves. Please remember that.

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