Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Monday 24 July 2006
Various views on the Lebanon conflict from around the Muslim world
Country/Region: MIDDLE EAST
The Israel-Hizbullah conflict has revealed a deepening rift within the Muslim world between those who desire peaceful coexistence with the non-Muslim world and those who espouse a radical agenda for Islamist superiority and dominance.
Views supporting Hizbullah
All over the Muslim world, Islamists have been organising demonstrations in support of Hizbullah and against the passive stance of their own governments. In many Arab states, Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood type dominate professional syndicates and they have been active in denouncing their own governments’ attitudes and in calling for anti-Israel action.
Reports from around the Arab world reveal that Hizbullah is riding a wave of popularity at the street level because of its confrontation with Israel which is seen as heroic and as restoring Arab and Muslim honour. Posters of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah feature prominently in demonstrations against Israel and in support of Hizbullah. These demonstrations also support the radical Iranian position on the development of its nuclear weapons and on the total destruction of Israel.
Calls to cancel peace treaties with Israel
Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood in alliance with several opposition parties issued a call to cancel the Egyptian peace treaty with Israel and stop the supply of oil and gas to Israel. They called on all Arab countries to cancel any ties they might have with Israel.
Support for Iran and its nuclear bomb
At an Egyptian Lawyers Council conference, the chairman praised Iran and its President Ahmadinejad, and expressed his desire it would own a nuclear bomb. The hundreds of delegates responded with cheers and with cries of “long live Ahmadinejad”.
Saudi intellectuals oppose their governments’ policies
Seventy-three Saudi intellectuals and thinkers expressed their rejection of their governments’ cautious position, and asked Arab governments to make every effort to stop the Israeli attack on Lebanon and on the Palestinians.