Recently, Lebanese Muslim activist Muhammad ‘Awwad put up post on his Facebook page that local administration of Al-Hadath, a Lebanese town near Beirut, has asked its Christian residents not to let out their houses or sale properties to Muslims, reports MEMRI.
Al-Hadath, a Christian dominated township, feeling the heat of increasing Muslim population. There is an increasing cause of alarm for the residents, who fear that the town’s sectarian demographic status quo will be altered, posing a security threat.
According to Awwad, when he tried to rent an apartment in the town, he came to know about the advisory. When he checked with the local authorities they also confirmed the existence of such an advisory. The post went viral triggering outrage in the social media. Many Muslim politicians slammed the decision of the municipality.
However, Mayor George ‘Aoun, a Christian, dismissed the criticism and justify the town’s policies, explaining that the ban has been in effect for many years and is intended to preserve the sectarian character of the town, which was originally Christian. Such restrictions are in place in many localities.