The American Lebanese Coalition (ALC), an umbrella organization that groups the largest four associations of Lebanese American organizations that represent the vast majority of American of Lebanese descent reiterates its statement issued on July 13, 2006.
It considers the kidnapping by Hezbollah of two Israeli soldiers from inside Israel to have dragged Lebanon, once again, into another asymmetrical conflict. The defenseless Lebanese people are now suffering the brunt of the Israeli retaliation, as usual. Although the Lebanese government has distanced itself from the operation and did not condone it, Hezbollah still insists on imposing this fight on all the Lebanese. This total disregard for Lebanese sovereignty and for the Lebanese will continues to be practiced by Hezbollah with impunity. It is leading Lebanon into a new disaster, which could threaten the fragile recovery process.
Hezbollah is utilizing the Israeli retaliation against civilian targets to inflame the emotions of the Lebanese while it fights a proxy war for Iran and its regional allies.
An invitation to the media
The ALC would appreciate any opportunity you could provide it to explain to the American public the true feelings of the majority of Lebanese Americans and to increase public awareness of current events in Lebanon. A list of ALC spokesmen is listed here below. We urge you to invite one or more of them to address your audience/ readership.
ALC Spokespersons - Relevant interviews by ALC Spokespersons can be viewed at www.alcoalition.org
Adib Farha – Wichita, Kansas
Adib Farha is the Senior Policy Adviser for the American Lebanese Coalition and the Executive Vice President of Cardiovascular Hospitals of America.
Prior to that, he served as an adviser the current Lebanese Prime Minister, as part time professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and as a member of Lebanon’s National Audio-Visual Media Council.
He has spoken at the US Congress and lectured at major US academic institutions and think tanks such as Harvard University, M.I.T., Boston University, Stanford University, the Hoover Institution, the Heritage Foundation, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center; as well as at major international conferences.
He is also a commentator and an economic and political analyst, with nearly 200 published commentaries in various Lebanese and Arab newspapers and in the international press.
Adib Farha is a repeat guest on Lebanese, Arab and international radio and TV channels, including CNN International, BBC World, Al Arabia TV, Al Jazeera, etc. He is often cited in major international newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The Australian, The Globe and Mail, etc.
Farhat – New York, NY
Joseph Gebeily, M.D. – Washington DC
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Joseph Hage – Miami, Florida
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Joseph Hage is the Vice President of the American Lebanese Coalition (ALC) and the President of the American Lebanese Coordination Council (ALCC) member organization of the ALC.
Joseph Hage was the Chairman of the Lebanese American Kataeb from 1999 until 2003 he has been active with Middle Eastern Affairs since 1992 in the USA. He lectured at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University on the subject.
Multilingual communicator Joseph appears regularly on the Spanish speaking networks in South Florida, Mega TV with Maria Elvira Salazar, Channel 41 (Local Spanish TV) and Tele Miami with Agustin Acosta.
Joseph appeared on the local channels in South Florida. He has appeared on the Arab speaking channels Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) and Al-Jazeera.
Joseph Hage is an admitted expert witness on Lebanese and Middle Eastern Affairs at the US Immigration Court. Back in Lebanon Joseph Hage was a G3 officer with the Lebanese Forces a combat wounded veteran served from 1975 until 1985.
Pierre A. Maroun – Tampa Bay, Florida
Pierre Maroun is the Senior Policy Adviser for the American Lebanese Coalition and a political analyst/expert on terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs.
Prior to that, he was an adjunct professor of Critical Thinking and Business Ethics at the Southern Ohio College, Akron, Ohio.
He has spoken at the US Congress and lectured at major US academic institutions and think tanks such as the Maxwell Institute, Syracuse University NY and Kent State University, Kent Ohio, as well as at major international conferences.
He is also a commentator and a political analyst, with nearly 100 published commentaries in various Lebanese and Middle Eastern newspapers and in the international press.
He is often interviewed and cited in major international newspapers such as The World Security Network, Orbstandard, Global Politician and the Lebanese Daily Star et.
Mr. Maroun is a veteran of the Lebanese war from 1981 to 1990.
Relevant interviews and lectures by Mr. Maroun can be accessed at:
Milad Zohrob – Redford, Michigan
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