Syria: The Unbearable Crisis
LCPS director, Sami Atallah, was interviewed by Rebecca Lowe from the International Bar Association.
The Lebanese and Syrian communities are culturally close but divided. Intermarriages are common, but long-term sectarian and socio-economic hostilities continue to drive a wedge between the sibling nations. For some Lebanese, the Syrian occupation after the civil war has not been forgotten – despite the fact it was the very same Syrian regime now tormenting the refugees.
‘The conflict is opening up a Pandora’s box of anger and racism towards the Syrians,’ says Sami Atallah, Director at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. ‘So you have two conflicting sides: the humanitarian side and the old animosities between the societies.’
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