March 25, 2008 § Leave a comment
Al-Jazeera used this shot from al-Manar with their article.
Al-Nour, the Hezbullah radio station, used this screen shot with their article.
The Secretary General of Hezbullah Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech today in Beirut 40 days after the assassination of Hezbullah military commander Imad Mughniya. (The time period of 40 days is significant because it represents the 40 days of mourning in Shi’i Islam for Imam Husayn, who is seen as the most prominent martyr.)
You can listen to the full speech here with Real Player, but al-Jazeera also has a concise wrap-up. Nasrallah reiterated that he is determined to react to Israel’s assassination of Mughniya. He also said that the public has expressed their support for the Resistance (al-muqawama) through a series of several polls. Nasrallah said that 80% of Lebanese from different sects expressed support action that would lead to the downfall of the zionist regime (al-nidham al-sahyoniyya) and that 50% want to see Israel totally disappear (zawal).
There will be mixed translations of the word “zawal” which I have chosen to translate as “disappearance,” but it can also be translated as “extinction” or “cessation.”
March 7, 2008 § Leave a comment
(Image of Sayyid Muhammad Ali al-Husayni from al-Arabiya.)
Al-Arabiya reports that Sayyid Muhammad Ali al-Husayni, a Lebanese Shi’i marja (source of religious emulation), has received a series of letters threatening to kill him and his family which are signed by the Shi’i Youth of the Resistance (shabaab al-shia al-muqawama). Al-Husayni has recently given several interviews to newspapers in which he has been critical of Hezbullah, even suggesting that he could be an alternative to the current secretary general Nasrallah. Al-Husayni describes his relationship with Hezbullah as “very bad.” But al-Husayni does not claim that Hezbullah sent the letters to him.
February 29, 2008 § Leave a comment
(Image of Mughniya and Nasrallah from al-Arabiya.)
Al-Arabiya reports that the wife of assassinated Hezbullah military leader ‘Amad al-Mughniya has accused Syria of playing a role in the assassination of her husband. Al-Arabiya conveniently has the article in English and Arabic. Here’s an excerpt from the English article:
“The Syrian traitors assisted in killing my husband,” the Italian news agency AKI quoted Mughniah’s widow as telling an Iranian website. She asserted that the Syrians’ refusal to allow Iranian investigators to probe the assassination proves their involvement in the murder of Mugniah.
February 28, 2008 § 2 Comments
This man —
is not this man —
but some media institutions and “terrorism experts” can’t tell the difference between Abbas al-Musawi (top photo) and Hassan Nasrallah (bottom photo).
Musawi was the second secretary general of Hezbullah and Nasrallah is the current secretary general.
The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism might have a better shot at preventing “terrorism” if they could actually identify the supposed terrorists. Their information page on Hassan Nasrallah labels the poster below as a “poster of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah,” but it is actually Ragheb al-Harb on the left and Musawi on the right.
The group took the above image from PBS who also erroneously labeled Musawi as Nasrallah, but it seems PBS is a repeat offender. In this web-version of a FrontLine documentary from 2004, the poster below of Musawi is labeled again as Nasrallah. They have had four years to correct this error!
February 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
Hezbullah’s weekly journal “al-Intiqad” meaning “review” or “critique” publishes political, cultural, and analytical articles. The textual fare is pretty standard, but some of their covers deserve a look.
“Sign of the definitive victory.” From left: Hezbullah military commander ‘Amad al-Mughniya (assassinated 2008); Sayyid Abbas al-Musawi (assassinated 1992); and Shaykh Ragheb al-Harb (assassinated in 1984). Underneath Mughniya, the text reads, “Commander of the Resistance”; Musawi “Sayyid of the Resistance”; and Harb “Shaykh of the Resistance.”
“After August 14th 2006 — a different ‘Middle East’.” August 14th is the day the 2006 July War ended — a day celebrated by Hezbullah as “yom al-intisar” or “day of victory”. The image of Nasrallah in the upper corner of this cover was part of a widespread ad campaign in the summer of 2007 which touted the much-awaited one-year anniversary of Hezbullah’s victory in the July War. Billboards promising a new era of victories popped up all over southern Beirut.
“Defeat.” Most likely in reference to the July War, or possibly a reaction to the findings of the Winograd Commission.
To see more covers, click here.
Here are some posters submitted to the website Wa’ad.
The text reads: Lebanon
February 21, 2008 § Leave a comment
Secretary General of Hezbullah Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah will give a speech Friday at the Martyr’s Complex in al-Dahiyya, continuing the mourning of assassinated military leader ‘Amad al-Mughniya. Al-Manar quotes Hezbullah representative Husayn Fadlallah (not the Ayatullah) as saying, “The Zionist enemy is working [for a new time] in ignorance because it did not understand, until now, what is the meaning of killing a leader to our people. . .” Tens of thousands of chairs have been set up in anticipation of the ceremony.
February 14, 2008 § Leave a comment
(Mughniya’s father, on the left, mourns his son’s death. Image from al-Jazeera.)
Al-Jazeera reports on Nasrallah’s speech yesterday at a ceremony for the assassinated Hezbullah military leader ‘Amad al-Mughniya. Nasrallah said that Israel assassinated Mughniya because of the country’s defeat in the 2006 July War. Nasrallah vowed that if Israel wants an open war (al-harb al-maftoha) in this manner, then they will get one — referring to the way they killed Mughniya.