South Lebanon Army Veterans Protest 'Humiliating Treatment' in Tiberias

'You cannot treat us like dogs,' says veteran in protest of division of welfare services between ministries.

About 100 veterans of the disbanded South Lebanon Army and their families demonstrated in Tiberias on Sunday over what they say was "humiliating treatment" by the state.

They particularly protested against a decision to split the responsibilities for their wellbeing, with the Defense Ministry caring for the senior brass of the SLA.

The protesters said the Absorption Ministry used to take care of the lower-ranked officers and regular soldiers, but no longer does so.

"You cannot treat us like dogs," said one veteran, Fadi Nahara. "We were soldiers, why doesn't the Defense Ministry assume responsibility?" He said many of the veterans are unemployed.