Today, the body of the Lebanese activist and publisher Luqman Salim was found in his car in southern Lebanon, shot dead.
Luqman Salim, who is from the Shiite community, is a writer and political activist opposed to Hezbollah, who had previously received death threats because of his positions and writing that reached the point of writing death threats on the walls of his home.
His sister Rasha Selim said, “Her brother was oppressed, loving, and modest, and people loved him, and his opponents lost a noble opponent who used to live among them and discuss them intelligently, logically, calmly and lovingly.”
She added, “This loss to all of Lebanon and killing is a lowly act, and it gives a false example to the world and that we kill those who oppose us with opinion, and murder is their only language, and the region in which a known person was killed and who was responsible left their silence.”
Salim lives in Haret Hreik in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold.
Despite the threats he had received, he did not leave the suburb, and stayed in the same neighborhood. There he founded the “Ummam” association and practiced cultural, social and intellectual activities.
Luqman had predicted his fate when he issued a statement at the end of 2019 after the “Al-Multaqa” tent in Martyrs Square was attacked due to a political symposium that was said to be “promoting normalization,” saying: “For the second time within 48 hours, the bats seek between darkness and darkness to threaten and terrorist who object to the family circle movement. And Haret Hreik – knowing that this circuit also houses the offices of the “Ummam Documentation and Research” and “Dar Al Jadid” institutions.
And in his statement, “In order to avoid any verbal or manual attempt that is subsequent to me, my wife, my first house, the family administration, or any of the family members or those residing in the circuit, I hold the de facto security forces represented by the person of Mr. Hassan Nasrallah and the person of Mr. Nabih Berri fully responsible for what happened.” And from what may happen God has reached. “
Luqman was born in Haret Hreik in the southern suburbs of Beirut in 1962 and moved to France in 1982 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne University, and returned to Beirut in 1988.
In 1990, he founded the publishing house (Al-Jadeed), which publishes Arabic literature and intellectual research.
In 2001, Salim moved to cinema and founded the “Umam Productions” organization, which produced many films, and in 2004 he co-founded the “Ummam Foundation for Documentation and Research”, which is a non-profit organization based in Haret Hreik interested in creating an open archive of materials related to social and political history in Lebanon, organizes and facilitates exhibitions.
The foundation organized film screenings, art exhibitions, seminars and seminars on civil violence and war memory.
The late also established the “Hangar” platform, which provided a space for displaying documentary films, and the “Let’s Go” association, which was viewed by some as a project aimed at “encircling Hezbollah” in its environment due to its American support.
It is reported that Luqman is the son of the late attorney Mohsen Salim.