Flat Out Segregation at Lebanese Beaches

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Here is the video of an event that occurred earlier this summer in the Saint-George Yacht Club & Marina (Beirut).

This sort of event happens all the time in Lebanon, and it is time to put a stop to it.

Now that the Ministry of Tourism has issued a circular, banning discrimination at beaches, it has become easier for everyone to demand fair treatment of all people, regardless of skin color, background, occupation, or nationality. Although this circular is far from being a solution to the discrimination that plagues most of Lebanon’s institutions, it is a start.

Having witnessed an act of blatant discrimination, the people in the video called the tourism police (Hotline: 1735), who were very cooperative and helpful. According to the tourism police, Saint-George will be fined (amount to be determined), and a date for the trial is currently being set. This should set a powerful precedent, which will deter other beaches and public institutions from continuing with their racist policies.

Please know that we do not intend to single out Saint-George in any way. It is obviously not the only beach with racist policies. We simply posted this footage because it is the only one we have until now.

Hopefully, with your help, we will be able to compile a comprehensive list of violators. But we also want to create a list of beaches which welcome all people into their resorts and pools. Before the end of the summer, we hope to have sorted most beach resorts into one of two categories: friendly beaches (those who respect the discrimination ban), and beaches to boycott (those who continue their racist practices).

Here is what you can do to help:

– If you witness an act of discrimination at a beach (not letting someone in, not letting them swim, or other “filtration policies”, etc.), please call the tourism police right away (hotline: 1735), and let them know!

– If you do not want to call them, let us know (by phone, sms, or email), and we will deal with it! (contact details below)

– Please send us your experiences at beaches in Lebanon. You can email us, call us, send us a video or a picture. You will remain completely anonymous unless you ask for your name to be used.

Together, we can make sure that this discrimination ban is enforced, and does not end up forgotten like many other rules and laws in Lebanon. Little by little, things are starting to change. Finally.

Contact details:
email: antiracismlb@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “Flat Out Segregation at Lebanese Beaches

  1. M

    on another note, the entrance fee is pure rip off!! you can go to a beach in Cannes and the cote d’azur without paying 0.01 euros but in lebanon you have to pay 40,000LL as an entrance fee!! not to mention you can’t bring in your food or water!!

  2. Gianni

    My question is this: Was she denied entrance because of her skin color or was it the status? For example: If Tiger Woods drops in; would they have denied him?…Or if a rich dudette from Somalia pulled up in her Aston Martin; would they deny her?

    Just asking!

  3. Najib

    How come they are only going to St.Georges to film this? That’s like the 2nd time they go there. What about the others?

    I think they should go to all beaches and do this and then report the whole list.

      1. Najib

        Well it’s not really high-profile when compared to other beaches in Beirut. Riviera and Sporting are ones they should target for example.

        Why I am saying that is because there’s a lot of problems with St.Georges and Beirut’s municipality and usually police don’t hesitate to take measures against the St.Georges while they disregard other beaches, and it’s not just a matter of racism but anything you can think of.

        They should go after all high-profile beaches and present an official complaint. By the way, not one single beach resort in Keserwan allows maids to go into the water or sometimes near the pool.

  4. charbel

    F*(& discrimination and racism
    this place should be closed!!! ma fya tfout iza manna ma3 rab el 3amal taba3a what the F&*( was that is she a dog or smth ???????

  5. pk


    This is a great initiative… Please keep going and good luck. Our justice is paralysed… We now need new ways to get our rights and that of our beloved workers …


      1. user

        i think ali was being sarcastic!
        and i agree with him, and if it happens it will be better for the rest of us (normal people)

  6. CHM

    Wow, feel like I’ve stepped into the 60’s. Can’t believe in this day and age, this is still happening and laws are being passed in order to stop it. Do the Lebanese resorts live in a bubble?

    Even my parents who migrated to Australia in the 70’s almost fell off their chairs when I shared the story.


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