Arslan, Jumblat, Wahhab in New Twitter War of Words
Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat and Arab Tawhid Party leader ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Thursday exchanged fresh jabs via Twitter.
“I had promised you during the last press conference after the Choueifat clash that I would respond against you in person whenever one of your thugs attacks me,” Arslan tweeted, addressing Jumblat.
Accusing the father of the person he called a “thug” of calling for “the murder of Sheikh Abu Ghaleb Abu Ibrahim in the town of al-Khilwat,” Arslan said some of Jumblat's supporters are taking advantage of his clout to “cover up for their wrongdoing in Mount Lebanon and other regions.”
“We either live together and preserve the dignities of each other to keep this (Druze) community protected from strife and bickering, or else we remain in the vicious cycle of escalation and counter-escalation... Have mercy on people and on this community,” Arslan added.
Jumblat was quick to snap back on his official Twitter account, accusing Arslan of “constant escalation” and of “using terms that are unbefitting of political discourse.”
“I was attacked several times and I did not respond and allow me to tell you that I do not hang around with those whom you called thugs. Why are you labeling people? Who are we to label people? Let us think together how to create jobs and how to heal the Choueifat wound after the handover of the fugitives,” Jumblat added.
Wahhab stepped into the war of words, accusing Arslan of waging “classist” verbal attacks against MPs Akram Shehayyeb and Wael Abu Faour of the PSP.
“Get out of the caves of the past and think of the future. These are lethal complexes,” Wahhab added, noting that “in the Druze community there are poor families that are honorable and families that have titles and yet do not equal anything.”
He also urged Arslan against “inciting sentiments” and stressed that “Druze have grown tired of our rhetoric.”
“Let us offer them better chances in education, jobs and decent living,” Wahhab added.
The war of words between Jumblat and Arslan had first erupted in the wake of the Choueifat clash in which a PSP member was killed. Tensions soared after Arslan was accused of offering refuge to the main suspect in the incident.