After ToI covers her lashing of Hezbollah, Lebanese blogger says Israel a cancer
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After ToI covers her lashing of Hezbollah, Lebanese blogger says Israel a cancer

Reacting to reporting on her censure of terror group over Beirut blast, Dima Sadek says her comments were part of ‘internal debate,’ calls Israel an apartheid state

Lebanese blogger and journalist Dima Sadek. (video screenshot)
Lebanese blogger and journalist Dima Sadek. (video screenshot)

A prominent Lebanese blogger has called Israel a “cancer,” in response to The Times of Israel publishing an article about a video in which she criticized Hezbollah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah in the wake of the deadly Beirut port blast.

“When we criticize Nassrallah it is an interior Lebanese debate. But one thing is obvious we Lebanese will be united around the resist[ance] against any Israeli attack!” Dima Sadek tweeted, linking to the original ToI article on her previous comments.

“Israel is a cancer and the Israeli apartheid system is a shame!” she added.

On Friday, Sadek took to Twitter, where she has over 621,000 followers, publishing a video lambasting Hezbollah as worse for Lebanon than the enemy across the border.

The video addressed the organization’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, after his speech denying claims that Hezbollah was responsible for the port explosion.

“I want to tell you one thing: if you can answer this question for the Lebanese people, then I swear, we will all bow down to you — I will bow down to you if you can answer this question,” she said in the clip. “What has Israel done against us that’s worse than you? Answer me.”

Sadek, until last year an anchor on a popular political talk show before being let go for criticizing Hezbollah, remains a popular voice on Lebanese social media.

Sadek’s video was viewed more than 730,000 times by Tuesday.

The video led to media interviews. One interview, published Monday in the Italian daily La Repubblica, was headlined, “Israel is an enemy, but Hezbollah has done worse.”

In the interview Sadek insisted, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Hezbollah is worse for Lebanon than Israel. My problem with Israel isn’t political, but moral. I don’t agree with its treatment of the Palestinians.”

She accused Nasrallah of flatly lying about Hezbollah’s culpability for the blast. “Hezbollah controls everything in this country. They know exactly what was at the port.”

Lebanese protesters, enraged by a deadly explosion blamed on government negligence, clash with security forces for the second evening near an access street to the parliament in central Beirut, on August 9, 2020. (JOSEPH EID/AFP)

Sadek has regularly criticized Hezbollah and Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, an ally of the group.

The August 4 blast left some 200 dead, 7,000 injured and an estimated 300,000 homeless. It was among the most powerful non-nuclear explosions ever recorded, damaging buildings for miles around, and left a crater in the heart of Beirut’s port.

Lebanon was already facing a dire economic emergency brought on by longstanding corruption, political dysfunction and the coronavirus pandemic. The destruction of the grain silos at the port reportedly left the country facing a food shortage as well.

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