Hezbollah: Video a U.S. shot at Muslims

Sept. 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Hezbollah weighed in Sunday on the uproar over an anti-Muslim Internet video, calling it evidence of U.S. hostility toward Islam and the Arab world.

Sheik Nabil Qaouq, head of Hezbollah's Executive Committee, told reporters in Beirut he saw a level of "hypocrisy" in Washington's allowing the video "Innocence of Muslims" to be produced and then remain posted on the Internet.

He implied the video had the tacit approval of the Obama administration and dismissed the idea that the freedom of expression in the United States prevented them from taking action to remove it.

"The height of U.S. hypocrisy is that no one can question the Holocaust without escaping punishment, whereas when the greatest prophet of our nation is insulted, (U.S. Secretary of State Hillary) Clinton considers that America cannot do anything about freedom of expression," said Qaouq.

The (Beirut) Daily Star said Qaouq called the "American insults" against the Prophet Muhammad constituted "aggression" against Muslims and Arabs and accused both Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of pandering to Israel.

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