The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

A war on Shias?

From Jim Quilty's MERIP piece, Israel's war against Lebanon's Shias:

Israel has blithely played upon Lebanon’s sectarian divisions with the patterns of bombing and with leaflets asserting that Nasrallah is beholden to foreign masters. Though the Shi‘a of Lebanon are not pre-programmed to be Hizballah supporters, and many are not, the unremitting strikes against south Lebanon, the Bekaa and Beirut’s southern suburbs punish the Shi‘i population for being the constituency that Hizballah primarily serves. They also replicate international sanctions against Palestinians for having the temerity to vote for Hamas in the January 2006 Palestinian elections.
Below Leaflets dropped by Israel on Lebanon, showing Nasrallah as a snake conjured by Syria and Iran (from the MERIP piece.)