Nasrallah: Lebanon Can Pressure World Powers to Issue Int’l Laws that Incriminate Insulting Religionsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed on Sunday the film that mocks Islam that sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world, announcing a series of rallies that will be held in various regions in Lebanon throughout the week.
He said during a televised speech: “Lebanon through its example of coexistence can pressure world powers to issue international laws that incriminate the insulting of religions.”
He accused the United States of being behind the film that it is seeking to create strife.
“We will not remain silent over this insult,” he declared.
The film, “Innocence of Muslims,” sparked angry protests in front of U.S. embassies in various Muslim countries.
Nasrallah also criticized the United States for keeping the film on internet, which is “encouraging websites that broadcast the movie to keep on showing it.”
“This development is more dangerous than the 1969 burning of the Aqsa Mosque,” he noted.
“The Ummah will not remain silent over the insult against the Prophet Mohammed,” he said.
The Hizbullah leader attributed the outrage against embassies to the manner in which spiritual leaders and politicians handled the backlash over the film.
The anger was directed against the U.S., not Christians, he stressed.
He emphasized the need to prevent the repetition of such an “aggression”, demanding that the U.S. remove the film from circulation.
“The U.S. government has however done nothing to that end,” he lamented.
“The Islamic world is demanding that the United States refrain from broadcasting the entire film and that it put on trial those who offended Muslims,” Nasrallah said.
“The U.S government has not and will not do anything. It is presenting an example of its double standards,” he remarked.
He noted that the U.S. holds accountable individuals, organizations, institutions, and officials simply for opposing Zionism or for questioning the Holocaust.
“Don’t Muslims, followers of a monotheistic religion, deserve such respect that would allow for a law that incriminates insults against it?” wondered Nasrallah.
On this note, he called for issuing an international resolution that incriminates insults against religions “or at least prophets, especially Abraham, Moussa, Jesus, and Mohammed.”
“The U.S. Congress can issue a similar law to the one that tackles anti-Semitism,” he explained.
Muslim communities in the U.S. have a great responsibility to pressure officials to take steps to that end, especially since the country is about to hold a presidential election, he continued.
Moreover, he called for the staging of an emergency Islamic meeting to address the insulting film.
He however criticized Muslim leaders’ inaction over the matter.
“None of you have lifted a finger, but had the film offended one of your kings or rulers, you would have taken action,” he lamented.
On Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Lebanon, the Hizbullah chief said: “The pontiff was a new witness to the coexistence between Christians and Muslims and the respect between them.”
He added that this demonstration of coexistence can bolster Lebanon’s position to push for an international resolution that incriminates offending religions.
“The Lebanese government must take a decisive position on the matter,” he declared.
Nasrallah demanded that the film not be shown, calling for rallies in protest against it.
“We should have held the demonstrations sooner, but Lebanon was passing through special circumstances,” he said.
He announced that a rally will be held in Beirut’s southern suburb, Dahiyeh, on Monday at 5:00 p.m.
Another rally will be held in Tyre on Wednesday, Baalbek on Friday, Bint Jbeil on Saturday, and al-Hermel on Sunday.
“Muslims in each of these cities must take to the streets in order to make governments understand that their interests in the Arab and Muslim world are linked to their respect of holy issues,” he stated.
“The world must realize that the prophet and his followers will not remain silent over this offense,” Nasrallah added.
16 September 2012, 21:16
Nasrallah: I call for a demonstration in Tyre on Wednesday, in Baalbek on Friday, Bint Jbeil on Saturday, and Hermel on Sunday.
16 September 2012, 21:14
Nasrallah: We call for a rally in Dahiyeh at 5:00 p.m. on Monday to protest the film.
16 September 2012, 21:11
Nasrallah: The government must take a decisive position on the matter. Speaker Nabih Berri with his experience at world parliaments can issue laws to this end.
16 September 2012, 21:09
Nasrallah to the president, speaker, premier, and spiritual leaders: Lebanon can play a role on the highest world levels in confronting this aggression.
16 September 2012, 21:08
Nasrallah: Lebanon, as demonstrated through the coexistence of its people, can play a special role in confronting the film that insults Islam.
16 September 2012, 21:06
Nasrallah: Lebanon is highly fortified and it demonstrated an example of Muslim-Christian coexistence during the pope's visit.
16 September 2012, 21:04
Nasrallah: It's not enough to express rage in front of U.S. embassies, but the people have to demand that their rulers take action.
16 September 2012, 21:03
Nasrallah: This issue requires an urgent Islamic meeting, but the leaders have done nothing. Had the film insulted a king or ruler, then we would have witnessed immediate action.
16 September 2012, 21:01
Nasrallah: Muslim expatriates in the U.S. can play an active role in order to issue such a law, especially since the U.S. is headed towards a presidential election.
16 September 2012, 21:00
Nasrallah: The U.S. Congress issued an anti-Semitism law, so why not issue one for all religions?
16 September 2012, 20:59
Nasrallah called for the issuing of an international resolution that prohibits insults against religions or at least main prophets.
16 September 2012, 20:56
Nasrallah: It's important to prevent the repetition of such aggression.
16 September 2012, 20:52
Nasrallah: The U.S. government uses the excuse of freedom of speech in order to justify the continued broadcast of the film in an act of double standards.
16 September 2012, 20:51
Nasrallah: The Islamic world is demanding that the U.S. government stop broadcasting images from the film and yet it does nothing.
16 September 2012, 20:49
Nasrallah: All these developments are being orchestrated by U.S. intelligence.
16 September 2012, 20:48
Nasrallah: Muslims and Christians must remain vigilant in order to refrain from sliding towards strife. Those responsible for the film, starting with the U.S., must be held accountable.
16 September 2012, 20:46
Nasrallah: The Zionist entity, a former Muslim like Salman Rushdie, or a Christian like Terry Jones is behind the attack.
16 September 2012, 20:44
Nasrallah: There are reasons for the repeated insults against Islam. One of them is to create strife between Muslims and Christians.
16 September 2012, 20:43
Nasrallah on way of confronting the development: In any aggression, one must first know the target and prevent it and then one must work on preventing its reoccurrence.
16 September 2012, 20:42
Nasrallah: This is worse than the burning of the Aqsa mosque and remaining silent over it is even worse. The ummah that remains silent over the insult of its prophet sends a wrong message to the Israelis.
16 September 2012, 20:40
Nasrallah: This is a war against Islam and it requires a major position from the Islamic Ummah.
16 September 2012, 20:39
Nasrallah: The recent developments are very dangerous and the worst part is that websites are stilling airing the film.
16 September 2012, 20:38
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on film that mocks Islam: The insults have never been this severe.