Confidential report by Wadih Malouf prepared at the request
of Foreign Office:
Muslims heavily discriminated against despite the fact
that they are the majority community (500,000).
They were forced to register by 'sect' - Sunni Shia, as
part of the 'divide and rule' policy, in the process the
Christians were able to emerge as the 'largest community'
Christian government pursuing anti-Muslim policies - ex-President
Bachara el-Khoury failed to secure support from 'Moslem
circles' and they 'refused to work with him in government'
- one reason for his consequent resignation. Present President
Chamoun has had the 'same complaints (anti-Muslim policies)
Booklet titled 'Moslems in Lebanon' details these anti-Muslim
polices, which include discrimination in the following areas:
education, employment opportunities, property laws and refusal
to carry out a census (which would reveal that the Muslims
are actually in the majority and thus boost their political
Comments from minute's section (signatures unclear): 'All
the grievances exist and might develop into something serious',
'The report does not give too gloomy a picture, but a correct