The culture of racism against black domestic help in Lebanon (and the rest of the Arab Muslim world)

A video showing a young Ethiopian maid being dragged by the hair, beaten and forced into a car by several Lebanese men in a busy Beirut street was followed by the maid committing suicide by hanging a few days later.

OBSERVERS.france24 (H/T SusanK)   The scene, captured by a cell phone camera, occurred in front of the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut. The maid, named Alem Dechasa, is lying on the ground, crying and pleading in Ethiopian: “I don’t want to go there!” An onlooker can be heard attempting to stop the man beating her: “Stop it, what’s your problem? Let her go back to the consulate.” But a few moments later, another man grabs Dechasa’s collar and drags her on the ground, then tries to force her into a car. She resists, and one of the men violently grabs her hair – at which point the video cuts. 

The main perpetrator of the violent acts in the video, identified by the licence plate of his car, is Ali Mahfouz, the owner of a maid service agency that employs many migrant workers. He claims that he had taken her to her consulate for her to be sent her back to her country, which she categorically refused.

 Ethiopian consular officials said that they found Dechasa too unstable to be sent back to Ethiopia, and had advised Mahfouz to take her to a psychiatric hospital in the city. After they left, the consular officials said they heard screams and shouts coming from the street and called the police. According to Mahfouz, he was trying to get Dechasa into a car to drive her to the airport when the police interfered and took her to the Deir al-Salib psychiatric ward.

She committed suicide there on March 14 by strangling herself with a sheet.
Ali Latifa Fakhri a member of the Lebanese Anti-Racism movement in Beirut, says, “Ali Mahfouz brought Dechasa to the consulate while she was in a crazy frenzy. He then justified himself by saying that she had tried to commit suicide several times and he had been forced to switch her to another house. But the question is obviously not whether or not the girl had mental problems. Violence like this can in no case be justified. It’s also worth asking whether Dechasa became unstable following the treatment she underwent at the hands of her employers. 

Personally, I consider businesses like Mahfouz’s little more than human trafficking. These recruiters go to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines to convince poor women to work in Lebanon. They promise good wages, days off, freedom of religion, etc… But once in Lebanon, they often find themselves working 18 hours a day with no rest, irregular pay, and limited freedom. Sometimes, their passport is confiscated and they can’t go anywhere without their employer’s permission. They’re worse than second-class citizens, they’re like slaves. [Every year, there are reports of several thousand maids being physically or sexually abused by their employers in Lebanon.]

“The simple fact that such blatant violence took place in front of the woman’s consulate is proof that nothing stops employers.” The system completely excludes these employees from the rights of other Lebanese workers: they have practically no legal protection.


35 comments on “The culture of racism against black domestic help in Lebanon (and the rest of the Arab Muslim world)

  1. I believe their is color racism and religion . Their are more color racist than religion
    And all of you please save your breath racism is everywhere even sadly Africa

    • PBM, you cannot redefine a word to suit your purposes. Racism is only about race, not religion. There is perfectly good word for hatred of a religion – bigotry. Please don’t make it something it is not. Hatred of Islam is not a phobia either, it is a justifiable sentiment.

      I do hope you understand that Muslims are the biggest racists in the world.

  2. Ok first of all i am a Australian Lebanese Moslem woman. Its disgusting that racist behavior such as this in the video takes place. whether black, Chinese or whatever you are no one should have to go through or tolerate such racist behavior. AND SECONDLY ISLAM does not in any way shape or form encourage racism. We as humans are all EQUAL and our religion teaches that. Who ever owns this blog/website should get their facts straight. ISLAM is a religion of peace and our prophet Mohammed did not in anyway encourage racism. Do not blame a whole Ummah/Nation for the wrong behavior of individuals.

      • I think you suffer of a great misinformation. First of all, Lebanon is a country in which Christian population superes Muslim population. Islam isn’t racist. Prove : ”An arab isn’t more than a non-arab and a non-arab isn’t more than an arab, nor the white is more than the black neither the black is more than the white except by their piety and good deeds.” Prophet Mohammad ( salla Allah alehi wa sallam )

        • No, it’s you who has misinformation. Christians used to be 80% of the Lebanese population but now they comprise less than 20%, thanks to Muslim persecution of Christians there. We all know what muslims think of blacks, so save your BS for an audience that is ignorant, most on the Left. Muslims were and still are the biggest slavemasters in the world.

    • Islam is derived from the Arabic root “Salema”: peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law. Do NOT include only parts of the definition of Islam. it is peace, purity and submissiveness to our God. Was it not the white Americans who suppressed, oppressed and humiliated the African Americans long ago? in which till now that racist behavior still runs on? Was it not the KLUE KLUX KLAN that administered disgusting behavior toward the African Americans? DO NOT overlook things just to suit your own ideals.

      • Sarah, proselytizing for your death cult posing as a religion is not allowed here, Muslims have slaughtered over 270 million people. Don’t you dare compare that to the “Klue Klux Klan”

        • BareNakedIslam, don’t throw out numbers without proof and don’t let your hatred blind your eyes from observing the reality.

  3. Maqdisi wrote,

    “There is no marriage among them ; (among Africans) the child does not know his father, and they eat human flesh–but God knows best. As for the Zanji, they are people of black color, flat noses, kinky hair, and little understanding or intelligence.”

    Nasir al-Din Tusi (d.1274 CE), a famous Iranian philosopher, wrote:

    “If various kinds of men are taken and one placed after another, like the Negro from Zanzibar, in the South-most countries, the Negro does not differ from the animal in anything except the fact that his hands have been lifted from the earth, except for what God wishes. Many have seen that the ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro, and more intelligent.” Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406CE) added that blacks are “only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings.” The reason for their characteristic “levity, excitability, and great emotionalism,” according to Ibn Khaldun, is “due to the expansion and diffusion of the animal spirit” in them.

    Sa’id al-Andalusi (d. 1070CE) wrote that blacks are “More like animals than men,” and that “the rule of virtue and stability in judgment” is lacking amongst them, such noble qualities being replaced by “foolishness and ignorance.” Even such luminaries as Ibn Sina considered blacks to be “people who are by their very nature slaves.”

    Even in Paradise, Islam’s reward is slaves:

    (Tafsir) of Surah Al-Rahman (55), verse 72: “The Prophet Muhammad was heard saying: ‘The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana’a [Yemen]’.”

  4. The earliest texts of Islam clearly and unselfconsciously promote Arab racial superiority and openly declare the inferiority of black Africans. It is obvious that such texts are authentic and reflect the times they were written. The pioneers of Islam were all Arab supremacists.

    Tabari II:11 “Shem, the son of Noah was the father of the Arabs, the Persians, and the Greeks; Ham was the father of the Black Africans; and Japheth was the father of the Turks and of Gog and Magog who were cousins of the Turks. Noah prayed that the prophets and apostles would be descended from Shem and kings would be from Japheth. He prayed that the African’s color would change so that their descendants would be slaves to the Arabs and Turks.”

    Black people who become Moslems or remain in this racist cult are filled with self hatred.

  5. Arabs think of black slavery as a normal, desirable part of Islam.

    -Mohammed established his own people, the Arabs, as “the noblest of all races.”

    -The Qur’an accepts the institution of slavery.

    -A fair proportion of black male slaves were imported to Arab countries as eunuchs. There was a high death toll among all classes of black slaves.

    -Among black slaves traded in Islam across the centuries, there were roughly two females to every male.

    -Almost all black female slaves had domestic occupations. This included the gratification of the master’s sexual impulses.

    -Slave women were required mainly as concubines and menials. A Muslim slaveholder was entitled by law to the sexual enjoyment of his slave women.

    –In 2003 a high-level Saudi jurist, Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan, issued a fatwa claiming “Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam. He attacked Muslim scholars who said otherwise maintaining, “They are ignorant, not scholars … They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel.”

    A mullah writes: “Allah, He condemns (non-Moslems) to the unwilling slavery of his sincere slaves. And by understanding the powers of a man master, they may understand the Powers of the True Master, Allah. In fact, the concept of slavery should be regarded as a concept of MERCY, as the heinous crime of rejecting Allah as our Master demands IMMEDIATE TERMINATING OF LIFE. Allah, our kind Master, has granted an opportunity to his very negators to enjoy a second chance of life and redirect it to the right avenue by submitting to Him as the ultimate Master.”


    • And you know what’s the reward for freeing a slave? Islam pretended to abolish slavery but couldn’t do it at once in that times and society, so stablished rewards for freeing and conditions. Do you know that if somebody hit his slave’s face he had to free him/her? And if the slave became a believer the master should help to arrange a marriage for him/her, so will be free? And you know that if a slave girl was pregnant her child will set her free ?

  6. Watching this I can’t help thinking we should send Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their ——– pal Obama to Beirut as “ambassadors” to tell these brutal savages just how wrong they are in being so “racist” and such “bigote”…….Oh, and for my part, I wouldn’t mind a bit if Lebanon decided to keep this “terrible trio”!!

  7. Be sure to show the treatment of blacks by these ragheads to Louis Eugene Wolcott*. He seems to think muslims are just great.
    His nation of islam bee ess is keepig him in grand style.
    * now Louis Farrakan

  8. Yes, that maid service IS an agency in human trafficking – and the UN (piss be upon it!!) does absolutely nothing to interfere! This also shows what a shit-hole Lebanon and Beirut (once considered the Paris of the Middle East, if you can believe it!!) have become now that the muzturds are dominant and have forced their shitty culture & death-cult “religion” down the throats of any non-muzzie still forced to endure residence in that once beautiful and vibrant city!

  9. The authorities have the video, the names of the men doing the beating. Why have there been no assault charges on these monsters of islam? All of the proof is there to charge the cowards of islam.

  10. The key words in this issue are supremacism and kuffar. Islam & Muslims are superior; non-Muslims might as well be shit. That is the Islamic attitude; only death & damnation will end it. Study NQ 3:10, Sahih Bukhari 6.60.80 & 1.8.387 until you comprehend the full magnitude of the evil of Isdamn.

    Our blood and property are not sacred to ‘slimes and we have no human rights until we become ‘slimes.

    Let every freeman rise up and yell: ” Goddamned Isdamn, go to Hell!!!”.

  11. A truly sickening video. Those cowards must really be proud of themselves. I am sure they think that their paedophile prophet would be proud.

    • i am just surprised here! how is islam and their prophet involved in this? as far as i have read about islam, it doesnt allow such kinda acts

      • Suzanne, you obviously have read only what they want you to know. Stick around here for awhile and educate yourself. I suggest starting with the Categories in the sidebar, i.e., RELIGION OF HATE, CHILDREN, WOMEN, PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS for starters.

        • You could start with the Categories in the sidebar only if you want to have the same bias opinions as some of this site writers. Otherwise, if you want a real impartial view, I would recommend you read from different websites to have a clear vision and not just stick to a source that might prejudice.

    • This has nothing to do with Islam…you cant judge the whole religion for something bad/good that was done by one ignorant…its the same as saying all israelis are cruel and murders or all christians are ignorants or all hindus are rapists

  12. There’s also the story of the Pakistani girl that was in Texas for over 30 surgeries to repair her face after an acid attack. She killed herself yesterday in Rome by throwing herself out of a window.

    She couldn’t live knowing that Pakistan would not prosecute her husband that disfigured her. Terribly sad stories.

    This combination of two undated photos provide by the family shows on the left, Fakhra Younus, some time after an acid attack twelve years ago, allegedly carried out by her then-husband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse; and on the right, Younus sometime before the attack. Younus, who had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body, finally decided life was no longer worth living. The 33-year-old former dancing girl jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome March 17, 2012, where she had been living and receiving treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Fakhra Younus Family)

    • What the hell is wrong with y’all?? This has nothing to do with religion….I don’t understand why people keep saying ” The hell! With Islam!” I mean I don’t go around saying fuck Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism etc whenever something terrible happens. This stuff deals with humanity not religion

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