One of Saudi Arabia’s leading Wahhabi sheiks, Abdullah bin Jabreen, has issued a strongly worded religious edict, or fatwa, declaring it unlawful to support, join, or pray for Hizballah, the Shiite militia lobbing missiles into northern Israel. While the Gulf’s ascetic Wahhabis have opposed Hizballah in its stand against Israel’s forces, other Sunni fundamentalist groups, such as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, have pledged their solidarity. On Friday, the Brotherhood will host a rally in support of Hizballah at Cairo’s most influential mosque, Al-Azhar.
Dressed in military fatigues and armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles, dozens of Palestinian women belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees marched in Gaza City Tuesday, chanting slogans in support of Hizballah and Hamas and calling on all Arabs and Muslims to launch a war against Israel. “If Arab men can’t defend the honor of the Arabs and Muslims, then the women will fulfill their duty,” said Shayma al-Koka. “We, the women of Palestine, will join the jihad against the Jews.”
The women also burned flags of some Arab and European countries, as well as those of Israel and the U.S.