Bahrain Bans Contact with Hizbullah

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Shiite-majority Bahrain banned on Monday opposition groups from having contact with Hizbullah, a day after the foreign minister of the Sunni-ruled kingdom branded the party's chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as a "terrorist".

"Political associations are prohibited from having any form of contact with the Hizbullah organization," Justice Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali al-Khalifa said in a ministerial decree.

A second clause in the same decree stated that the Iran- and Syria-backed group is a "terrorist organization."

The decision appears aimed at opposition groups, which are mostly Shiites, who dominated anti-regime protests that erupted in February 2011 before coming under a brutal crackdown a month later.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on Sunday branded Nasrallah as a "terrorist", in remarks a day after Nasrallah vowed to keep up the fight alongside regime forces in Syria to defeat the rebels.

"Terrorist Nasrallah has declared war on his nation," Sheikh Khaled wrote on his Twitter account.

"Stopping him and rescuing Lebanon from his grip is a national and religious duty for all of us," he said, as Hizbullah's involvement in Syria's armed conflict deepened.

Last month the kingdom decided to list Hizbullah as a "terrorist organization", following a recommendation by the parliament that is boycotted by the opposition.

Nasrallah is a popular figure among the Shiites of Bahrain. But the opposition that is battling for democratization, insists that its political agenda is Bahraini, and not linked to Iran, or other Shiite sides.

Despite the March 2011 crackdown on protests, Shiites continue to demonstrate in their villages, triggering frequent clashes with police.

A total of 80 people have been killed since the protests erupted, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 14
Thumb lebanon_first 27 May 2013, 18:30

True HA are terrorists. But the bahreini goverment are also terrorists.

Missing mohammad_ca 27 May 2013, 18:42

3an jad? Bahrain killed 80,000 people in Syria and is helping protect the dictator responsible for the killings?

Missing bigjohn 28 May 2013, 17:48

If Bahrain was as big and as populace as Syria...and the opposition were receiving billions of dollars in weapons, you would have had more than 80,0000 persons killed in Bahrain.

Missing peace 28 May 2013, 18:10

lol

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 27 May 2013, 18:46

Switzerland and Norway can issue such decrees, and remain credible; however Not Arab filth.
It is a huge mistake that we remain in the League of Arab Nations. We must leave it, once and for all.

Thumb geha 27 May 2013, 19:20

رسالة مجاهد في حزب الله إلى ''السيّد'' حسن نصرالله http://www.sawtbeirut.com/breaking/179631

Missing VINCENT 27 May 2013, 21:36

Good. It is not about Shiite/Sunni, it is about a party that calls itself "party of God", is under the direct control of Farsi agenda and serves at the pleasure of both Iran and Syria. How ridiculous. You are both Muslim. Don't waste your time on b.s., and spend your time and energy to find a way to live and prosper together.

Thumb primesuspect 27 May 2013, 21:50

Talking to Hizballa is like talking to izrael. It's an act of treason! Shiites should be deported back to Najaf and Kerbala, where they belong. They have no single drop of Phoenician blood nor Bahraini. Now that the natural resources in Bahrain are exhausted, they should pack their bags and move back to where they belong.

Default-user-icon Lebanese (Guest) 28 May 2013, 07:36

1984 beirut airport, hezbollah's suicide attack.... Followeb by about a bazillion other suicide attacks. What are you talking about, josh?

Default-user-icon dd (Guest) 28 May 2013, 08:19

bravo Bahrein ... its time that this Hizb. begone it is a cancer.

Default-user-icon Mahmood (Guest) 28 May 2013, 11:41

Yes actually all the time, Khomeinei champions "martyrs" during the Iran-Iraq War, where these "martyrs" would run across fields littered with land mines in order to clear paths for Iranian tanks.

Default-user-icon Mahmood (Guest) 28 May 2013, 11:48

Saudi Arabia was not a country in the 18th century. Majority of Bahranis originate from Al Hasa, Southern Iraq, villages in Qatif,Khoramshair in Iran. They propagated a myth in order to create a sense of entitlement, theres no evidence to suggest the origins of the Bahrana or the fact that they are indeed "the original inhabitants". There is a commonailty between them. A majority of the villagers are agricultural laborers. And typically the best farmers in the Gulf are found in Al Hasa Qatif and Southern Iraq. Dont forget in the 1960s, over 20,000 Shias were nationalized in Bahrain, especially with families that used the names of villages as family names (a common practice in the Middle East to create a sense of locality). Therefore, I am not arguing that your (haile.selassie) argument is are incorrect, Im simply pointing out that there are oversimplifications in your reasonings.

Thumb whyaskwhy 28 May 2013, 13:44

Great hope the rest of the world (minus Iran and North Korea) will follow....

Default-user-icon عاشق حزب الله (Guest) 03 January 2015, 11:04

الا انا حزب الله هم الغالبون