I'm relaying this message, please forward to as many people as you can.


They surprised us this morning by tearing down the last trees remaining in Ras Beirut, a sanctuary of life and nature. We urge you to stand firm against this crime

Residents from the neighborhood are calling for a protest act.
Please stand by us, show up in front of the main gate of the old Saudi Embassy opposite Mike hairdresser, Bliss Street, Ras Beirut Tomorrow April 2nd, at 10AM although they may start their chainsaws earlier.

Save out trees that are over 100 years old

Please circulate this message immediately as widely as you can

Residents of the neighborhood


At Saturday, April 01, 2006 10:30:00 PM, Blogger Lycanthropy said...

I grew up on Bliss, and used to cut my hair at Mike's shop. It is so sad that the trees are being cut, I hope this action can stop it.
good luck

At Saturday, April 01, 2006 11:38:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

There are still tree in Beirut? Amazing!

At Monday, April 03, 2006 9:36:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

Kind of irrelevant, but speaking of trees and their importance, this reminds me of what Haifa Wehbe said to Tony Baroud when he offered her during his program a cedar tree sprout bearing her name. When other guests were touched and got all emotional and teary about it when he offered them a cedar tree bearing their name, she was like: "Yay, merci! Ana b7ebb kill el a3sheb!" (Thank you, I like all kinds of grass!)
...Makes you look at your flag and your national symbol from a different perspective, doesn't it?

At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 6:13:00 PM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

What was the result of the action?

At Monday, April 10, 2006 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Dr Hossein Shahidi said...


5 April 2006


Lebanese and Saudi authorities have pledged to suspend the cutting of trees at the old Saudi Embassy grounds in Ras Beirut. The commitment came after meetings by a delegation of Ras Beirut residents with the Lebanese Minister of Environment, Mr Yaqoub Sarraf, and the Saudi Ambassador, Dr Abdel-Azizi Mohyeddin Khouja, on 4 April.

On Sunday, 2 April, the residents stopped the contractors who had cut many old and rare trees in the old Saudi Embassy grounds, in preparation for the construction of a new Embassy building.

The Lebanese Minister of Environment expressed his support for the residents' efforts to preserve nature in Ras Beirut.

The Saudi Ambassador expressed his personal grief over the loss of the trees that had been cut and said the Embassy would do its best to ensure that the remaining trees would not be harmed. He said the Embassy would be seeking technical advice from the residents' delegation, which includes architecture and landscape design expertise, to protect the trees.

The residents welcomed the Embassy as their new neighbor and expressed their appreciation for Ambassador Khouja. The Ambassador, who is a poet with a background in sciences, underlined the importance of nature and the blessing that it bestows on human life.



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