Top Lebanese Shiite Cleric Calls Israeli Foreign Minister's Qatar Visit an "Insult" to Muslims

[AP/Ha'aretz] On Tuesday, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanon's top Shiite Muslim cleric, sharply criticized Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's visit to Qatar. Such visits "are not only meant to normalize [Israel's ties with Arab countries]... but are also designed to pave the way for an Arab-Israeli alliance against other Arabs and Muslims," he said in a statement. Fadlallah, 72, is a strong supporter of Hizbullah, Hamas, and other radical Palestinian factions that fight Israel.

2008-04-16 01:00:00

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