Hizbullah’s Attractive Christian Woman

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The foreign press has released a plethora of photos from a Hizbullah rally in Lebanon to mark “Quds (Jerusalem) Day.”

One person in particular – an attractive Christian woman with a large cross that would make Mr T proud and holding up a poster of Hassan Nasrallah – is the subject of numerous photographs.

Hizbullah Christian woman
Hizbullah Christian woman
A Lebanese Christian woman holds a picture of Hezbollah Islamist group chief Hassan Nasrallah during a ceremony marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Beirut's southern suburb on September 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
Hizbullah Christian woman
Hizbullah Christian woman
A Christian woman supporter of Hezbollah, right, carries a picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as he speaks on the occasion of Jerusalem Day in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. Hezbollah leader says he will not respond to a U.N.-appointed prosecutor's demand for his group to hand over all information relevant to the assassination case of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah says the group is ready to cooperate instead with the Lebanese judiciary. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Besides standing out like a sore thumb in a sea of veiled Muslim women, what seems really curious is how disinterested she looks as she holds up the poster of the Hizbullah leader. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say she was getting paid to be there.

Yeah, about that.

In its first issue of 2007, the Lebanese weekly current affairs magazine Ash-Shiraa, in a story on the newly-initiated downtown sit-in that would eventually last for over 18 months, published a statistic showing that that while Hezbollah paid veiled – or muhajjabat –supporters $15 per day for attending the demonstration, those who agreed to go unveiled were paid a little over $33 or 50,000 LL.

Dr. Hilal Khashan, professor of political studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB), suspected that this unique privileging of unveiled women by a party that encourages the wearing of the hijab among its women followers was because it “wanted [them] to look like Christians.” The appearance of unveiled women would have helped make the protest look like a national movement rather than a sectarian one.

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