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Lebanese television reporter Maria Maalouf took to Twitter on Saturday night to urge Israel to make good on past threats and take out Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
In two different tweets Maalouf published on her official Twitter handle late Saturday night, the reporter turned to the State of Israel and said that if the latter really wanted to see peace in the region, it ought to arrive at some sort of agreement with the Shi’ite terror organization.
“If Israel really wants peace, then it should prove it and sign on agreements with Hezbollah. Because, to this day we have not gotten rid of Hassan Nasrallah, who is deluding us in his fight against Israel,” Maalouf wrote in her first tweet.

Shortly after, Maalouf tweeted again, this time taunting Israel and claiming that it could not really deter its enemies if it didn’t take more extreme measures. “If Israel sees Hassan Nasrallah as its enemy, why doesn’t it carry out an air strike that would rid us of him, thus gaining our faith and protecting itself?”


This second quote gained a lot of traction, triggering a heated debate among the reporter’s 222,000 Twitter followers. Many lashed at Maalouf, who is known for her avid stand against the Syrian regime, while others reacted by saying that her suggestions couldn’t possibly happen because “Israel and Hezbollah are on the same side,” alluding to radical conspiracy theories claiming that Israel and Hezbollah are actually in contact and seeking collaboration behind the scenes.

It appears that the timing of Maalouf’s comments was a contributing factor in the sensation they sparked. In recent months many voices across the Lebanese political map have been raising a similar concern that Hezbollah could potentially cause a crisis in Lebanon due to its ongoing involvement in the Syrian Civil War alongside the Assad regime.

This is not the first time Maalouf has made controversial statements, nor is it the first that she comes under the harsh fire of the critics. Last week the son of Syria’s envoy to Jordan threatened to kill Maalouf, writing on his personal Facebook page that “we have the hanging rope ready for you” and making further threats on her life. In response, Maalouf called for Lebanese authorities to try the ambassador’s son.

Maalouf is considered one of the main central figures in the Lebanese media to actively speak out against Iran, Hezbollah’s militias and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Often drawing the ire of critics and television viewers, she is known for raising provocative questions and reporting sensitive stories regarding corruption among the Lebanese political elite.


Terrified TV reporter quits after learning businessman she investigated was ‘planning to murder her’


An award-winning investigative reporter at Denver, Colorado’s KDVR-TV has left her job after receiving death threats over a story she covered in 2015.

Mediaite said Friday that Heidi Hemmat was KDVR’s consumer and business fraud reporter until she received credible and terrifying death threats from a business owner who was the subject of a winter 2015 story.

In an open letter titled “Why I left KDVR and TV news” published Thursday on her personal blog, Hemmat explained that threats from AAAA TV Electronics Repair and Vacuum owner Muhammed Murib drove her out of her job.

“Shortly after he learned about the charges against him, that were a direct result of me, I got a call from his psychiatrist. She told me he was ‘homicidal’ and was planning to kill me. The psychiatrist thought the threat was so credible, she broke HPPA laws (the laws that protect medical records of psychos, such as the theater shooter–James Holmes) to warn me,” wrote Hemmat.

In February of 2015, Hemmat and the investigative team at KDVR received reports that AAAA TV Electronics Repair and Vacuum was cheating customers by charging them for unnecessary parts and repairs and holding the items hostage if the owners refused to cough up the inflated repair fees.

The investigative team was in the midst of an undercover operation when Hemmat received a tip that Murib had disposed of hundreds of receipts with customers’ private information in a dumpster behind the store. The reporter jumped into the dumpster and found that, sure enough, hundreds of consumers’ credit card numbers and other vulnerable information were there waiting to be stolen and exploited.

Murib confronted her and said he would call the sheriff on Hemmat.

“You probably should,” she replied. “They asked you not to throw these receipts away.”

After the confrontation, Murib engaged in a campaign of harassment and threats, but it was in July of 2015 that Murib’s counselor contacted Hemmat and warned her that the disgruntled shop owner was planning to murder her.

“She informed me he was on a ’72 hour mental hold’ but because it was 4th of July weekend, (2015) he would likely be released before then. She then asked me if I had somewhere else I could go because he knew where I lived and of course, where I worked. I remember the chill than ran from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. Of course I had nowhere to go! I have 2 children, then 1 and 3, I couldn’t just leave on a whim –where would I go? And when would I return? Would it ever be safe?” Hemmat wrote.

She filed reports with the police and asked KDVR to please take this threat seriously. She says they did not.

“(M)y boss didn’t see it that way, she did pay for a few days of security at my home, undercover Denver police officers, but when the weekend came, she expressed concern about how much it was costing and downplayed the threat. ‘He’s not going to do anything to you,’ she said, ‘if he was going to kill you he would have done it by now.’”

One day Hemmat received word that Murib had tampered with his police-mandated ankle tracking bracelet and that authorities were unable to locate him.

“I was informed by the victim advocate that he had broke it and the county could not track him. I promptly put my kids in the car and started driving, where? I don’t know. But as they babbled in their little toddler way in the back seat, all I could do was hide my fear, never letting on that their mommy could be taken from them–worse — they could be injured in the crossfire,” she recounted.

Now she has left her job and is spending time with her family, she said.

“All the bosses were happy, but I knew I couldn’t keep ambushing people who did bad things to other people. Society has changed. People have changed. My physical and mental health were unraveling,” she said of her job.

After 15 years of service and six Emmy Awards, Hemmat quit the station and has become an independent journalist.

In her Thanksgiving Day letter, she said, “I write with this with tears in my eyes, because I have so much to be thankful for.”