Fadel Shaker is the Islamist who cried wolf.
It’s difficult to imagine Shaker as anything other than the bearded Islamist who did a 180 degrees flip from a blasphemous man living in the sin of his songs to one who suddenly saw the light and only wanted to sing to Allah, the one imprinted in our collective memory as Lebanon, who’s been present for only 3 years.
History goes back to 2012 when Shaker popped up in Downtown Beirut at a rally for Assir’s Islamists, harmless and fluffy as they were at the time. I remember how outraged people were at the time: what had he done? Why was he doing that to himself? I even did a meme (link).
Kiss Ahmad el Assir on the forehead he did, bringing Assir into the forefront of the Lebanese news cycle in the process. The rest is history. Flashforward 3 years later and Fadel Shaker is reborn. Do you think his middle name is now Jesus (Or Issa as he’d rather be known I’m sure)?
The beard is gone. The clothes have been replaced with a suit. The shabby looking man of 2012-2014 has suddenly reverted back to his state of pre-2012. How do we know all of this? Because Lebanon’s prime TV station, LBCI, secured a super exclusive interview with Fadel Shaker in which he tried to do the following:
- Claim his innocence,
- Claim his involvement with Al Assir was simple “sympathy,”
- Claim that his relationship with Assir was strained,
- Claim that it wasn’t him who killed Lebanese army soldiers,
- Essentially kiss Bahia Hariri’s behind, calling her their “big sister” and commanding her efforts into preventing further decompensation of the situation.
Rumors about him trying to secure a deal to get out of the Palestinian camp of Ain el Helwe have been swirling for months through negotiations via intermediaries with the Lebanese authorities to secure his safe passage in return of him leaving his Islamist present behind.
In July 2014, he gave an interview to Lebanon24 (link) in which he essentially said almost verbatim what he told the LBC reporter who strung a report that turned Fadel Shaker from the Islamist to a pop star ready to take the microphone and sing next to Yara (if that’s not haram, I wouldn’t know).
The details of Fadel Shaker’s deal, according to Al Akhbar (link), are as follows:
- He’s been trying to sort his situation ever since he ended up in Ain El Helwe in 2013,
- His situation became increasingly difficult as he ran out of cash and his wife controlled his assets,
- His “difficult situation” forced him into compromises,
- Through a concert contractor called Imad Qanso, Fadel Shaker got into contact with Walid Ben Talal as well as Layal Al Solh who became his intermediaries with the government,
- Layla Al Solh managed to get Shaker a deal with the Lebanese army that requires him to 1) return to his basic form and stop the fiery speeches against the army, 2) hire a lawyer to help him in his upcoming “trial” and 3) publicly cut all ties with Al Assir,
- He got a lawyer called May Alkhansa, close to Hezbollah, after promising her “he hadn’t spilled one drop of blood,”
- LBC was agreed upon to be the TV station to handle his rebirth, through a pre-prepared interview.
And despite all of this, I don’t blame Fadel Shaker for saying what he did. I don’t even blame Layla Al Solh and Walid Ben Talal for trying to get him off the hook. The latter is Saudi, so what did you expect? And his aunt is nothing more than his voice box, sadly.
The entities to blame here are 1) LBCI who, in typical Lebanese fashion, put the exclusivity of a news scoop ahead of what that scoop means, although in LBCI’s defense no Lebanese TV station would have said no, and 2) Lebanese authorities who are actually going through with such a deal.
By doing that report, LBCI – with all its influence – became nothing more than a mailbox to months long negotiations taking place behind closed doors between Shaker and Lebanese authorities in order to seal the deal and make sure Fadel Shaker turns out unscathed.
That report, being a rehash of a 2014 interview and with Fadel Shaker being prepped for the questions for weeks now, shows that there’s no substance to the content and no attempt at confronting Shaker regarding the terrible things that he did. LBCI shouldn’t have let him use their station to pass his agenda unchallenged, and contemplate the potential of him filling stadiums with fans again.
On the other hand, Fadel Shaker possibly facing trial means nothing. How long did Bilal Deqmaq stay in prison? How long did any of the Islamists caught up with Al Assir stay in prison? Will a few days in prison be enough? No.
By going into these negotiations with a terrorist just because “he saw the light,” our army and whichever authorities involved are saying that the blood of our army members is useless, that calling them pigs is okay and that all can be forgiven if you’re important enough to get away with it. Typical Lebanon.
Shame on Lebanese authorities who are ready to ignore everything just to come about to some deal.
How dim-witted do they think we are not to remember what he has done?
This is him calling the Lebanese army pigs and bragging that his gang killed two and wounded four:
This is him declaring jihad in Syria:
This is what he said of Ahmad el Assir:
“But then there was the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, with four Hezbollah militants accused by the international prosecutors. In May 2008 Hezbollah militias attacked Sunni Muslims in Beirut. To crown it all, they support [Syria’s president] Bashar al-Assad. Sunnis feel frustrated and they have no one to protect them. The sheikh [Assir] speaks the truth.” (link).
This is what he said of Lebanon (and the world’s) Shiites:
“In Syria they kill our Sunni brothers and destroy our mosques. They are prepared to kill all the Sunnis, all the way to the Gulf. They’re infidels, not Muslims. It’s not true the Qur’an is their book. They’re liars, they say one thing and do another.” (link).
This is what he said of his 2012-2015 path:
“That wasn’t my true calling. Thanks to the almighty, I now lead a religious life. I’m at peace. But I have no regrets about the past. It’s my duty to combat oppression and defend people who share my faith.” (link).
This is him in various loving positions with Ahmad el Assir and other terrorists:
Fadel Shaker is a 46 year old man without any disabilities who took decisions of which he was whole-heartedly convinced. If this had been a non-famous person, he would’ve been convicted and thrown in jail. He may have not killed (no one can know) but that doesn’t make him any less of a criminal.
The king of romance is planning a comeback. It’s no longer his “duty to combat oppression and defend people who share his faith,” everyone else be damned. And Lebanon’s very own LBCI is spear-heading that comeback. Perhaps they are dying for another Elissa duet?
The fact of the matter is the only romance he should be singing is to his cell mates in Roumieh, bending over, calling them allah. But that’s not what LBCI or the Lebanese authorities want. In Lebanon, justice is served only to those who are weak enough not to challenge it.
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I don’t understand why you blame LBC, or any other network had they done the ‘scoop’. Everyone is entitled to speak. I am sure the viewers can make up their mind. Just because LBC gave him some space doesn’t mean that we, as viewers, agree with him. Your article suggests that LBC viewers are another herd of sheep, like the many herds we are in Lebanon, who are not capable of making up their mind.
Its about giving the the man a platform to state his case and plead his innocence before even going to trial. If that is not shameful I don’t know what is. He should be thrown in jail and left to rot. He has seen the light? That must mean a lot to the families of the slain soldiers…
LBC gave him a platform to say whatever he wanted, no questions asked. They were “in” on the plan involving months long negotiations whose purpose was only to clear his name. This isn’t about herd of sheep, it’s about the responsibility of LBC to challenge the negotiations not be part of them.
I definitely 100% blame LBC (and obviously the Lebanese authorities). It is absolutely DISRESPECTFUL and UNACCEPTABLE to see this kind of garbage on my television in 2015. Think of every single mother that lost her son because of this man (or Al Assir’s) doings. What are they supposed to say when this is what they on TV? That despite these people have repeatedly killed and disrespected our Lebanese heroes, we are allowing them to even SPEAK.
I don’t even think a lifetime sentence for this man is fair. Tfeh (for the lack of a better word).
It’s okay. He can sing now. Romantic songs. *Drools.*
Guys isnt it obvious that Layla or Walid spilled out their cash to certain government leaders and offcourse we all know how that works..a couple of hundred million dollars arnt hard to make for the khanzeer himself after only if and only if his name is cleared and become the new slave for the saudis.. this is very typical guys..this isnt new..i dunno why u find it hard to believe..am sure none of the readers who are abt to read this article are kids..uve been living in this country for a long time ..get used to this corrupted country..i only wished he killed any of hizbollah brave men so u can see how justice can be served..but for the rightfull people in this country..fadel shaker is just a dog pig and another rat who wont make any change cuz not even his masters could make any..he will get what he deserves..and mark my words..hes the next bilal dikmak whos gonna go live and say Lebanese army are the bravest most kindest and ive always supported them..I can even imagine it..
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I can understand that he is going to go up the stage and sing again ?. Does he think being able to recover his public after what he did ?. The last word should be given to his fans who should stop listening to him and buying his records, otherwise, they may follow and acclaim a murderer, just like when a public applauds a criminal politician while they know what he did. If such phenomena is commonplace in politics, it should not occur in show business
This article is full of hypocracy.!
Hassan Nasrallah treats lebanon its army and institutions with his prick, what’s your comment on him.???