Lebanese political analyst Joseph Abu Fadel, an outspoken supporter of the Syrian government, physically assaulted Syrian opposition activist Muhieddine Ladkani on Al-Jazeera TV Tuesday night.
During the show, Syrian government supporter Joseph Abu Fadel angrily stood up from his seat and made his way around the table to Muhieddine Ladkani’s chair. The show‘s host hastily stood up as well and tried to avert the physical altercation to no avail as the men’s fighting took them off camera.
The Lebanon Daily Star detailed more of the incident and said “The fight occurred on pan-Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera. During a live broadcast of Al-Ittijah Al-Mu’akis (The Opposite Direction), hosted by Syrian TV personality Faisal Qassem, Ladkani criticized Abu Fadel’s opposition to Qatar’s position on the uprising against President Bashar Assad, saying that Abu Fadel had previously praised Doha’s donations toward rebuilding Lebanon’s infrastructure.”
“Ladkani criticized Abu Fadel’s opposition to Qatar’s position on the uprising against President Bashar Assad, saying that Abu Fadel had previously praised Doha’s donations toward rebuilding Lebanon’s infrastructure.” The Lebanon Daily Star added.
“I traveled to Lebanon after the  war and I saw people in Beirut’s southern suburbs raising Qatari flags and saying, ‘Thank you, Qatar,’” Ladkani said.
In 2007, Doha and Beirut launched a rehabilitation program for south Lebanon in which Qatar donated around $2 million to southern villages.
“How come you are now criticizing the Arabs? Didn’t you personally raise a sign that thanked Qatar?” Ladkani asked. Abu Fadel denied Ladkani’s claims and quickly grew incensed. “Shut up!” he shouted, rising from his seat and threatening to beat up Ladkani.
The Lebanon Daily Star concluded “Both men then stood up and hurled insults at each other, after which Abu Fadel made his way around the table to where Ladkani was standing. This prompted the host, whose show is infamous for such confrontations, to intervene physically in an unsuccessful attempt to stave off Abu Fadel’s assault.”
The episode was re-run Wednesday, with many of the insults and curses bleeped out.
Many accounts on YouTube have reproduced footage for this episode and a lot of debate on it could be found at many social media websites and outlets since then.