by Tiffany Gabbay
In an effort to encourage growth of the “Lebanese-Chinese Friendship Committee” a Chinese delegation recently visited the Islamic terror group Hezbollah’s “Landmark of the Resistance” tourist-theme park.
The tour, intended to showcase “Israeli defeat,” was led by Chinese deputy foreign minister Yang Fuchang led by Lebanese University’s Georges Kallas and Wafa Berry.
Berry and Kallas priased Hezbollah’s achievements prior to lamenting Israeli oppression, while the Chinese deputy said the resistance movement of the Lebanese people “has been valiant.”
“We were very happy to visit this resistance exhibition. Indeed, the resistance of the Lebanese people has been valiant,” Fuchang said.
“We must make sacrifices, but eventually, the will of the Lebanese and Chinese peoples will render the resistance victorious.”
Berry is Lebanese University’s Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Science, while Kallas serves as Dean of the Faculty of Information and Documentation. He has also been involved in efforts by USAID and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to train young journalists.
The Al-Manar TV report aired on March 19, 2013:
Full translation, provided by MEMRI, follows below:
Reporter: “The resistance, having become an integral part of Lebanese culture, has emerged as a central theme in the academic activity of the Lebanese University, and as a means to propagate itself throughout the world. Deans and rectors of various faculties have become soldiers in our number one national cause, within the international framework of the ‘Lebanese-Chinese Friendship Committee,’ whose Lebanese and Chinese members visited one of the former bastions of Hizbullah in Lebanon.
“This is the Mleeta Museum for jihadi tourism in Tuffah, South Lebanon. A Chinese delegation, led by a former deputy foreign minister of China, and including many Beijing University academics and professors, visited the site. They were accompanied by Lebanese University deans and rectors. They were received by members of Hizbullah’s leadership in South Lebanon, and its information department.”
George Kallas, Dean of Sciences [sic], Lebanese University: “We saw that the Chinese delegation admires all the Resistance has achieved. We are proud to say that we are very pleased with Hizbullah’s achievements. This is why I suggested that we salute them.”
Wafa Berry, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science [sic], Lebanese University: “This is the other side of what our young men and women should be learning. This has to do with our honor. Therefore, it was only natural for the cultural exchange between China and Lebanon to include this place.”
Reporter: “Members of the joint Lebanese-Chinese delegation toured the various monuments. They started with this representation of the Israeli defeat, toured the different advanced posts and tunnels of Hizbullah, and eventually reached the museum of captured military equipment.”
Yang Fuchang, former Chinese deputy foreign minister: “We were very happy to visit this resistance exhibition. Indeed, the resistance of the Lebanese people has been valiant. We must make sacrifices, but eventually, the will of the Lebanese and Chinese peoples will render the resistance victorious.”