A Lebanese Shiite cleric is urging Lebanon to strip Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah of his citizenship over his “clear collaboration” and allegiance to Iran.
In an interview last week on Al-Arabiya, Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini called for revoking the terror group leader’s citizenship for reportedly saying Iran’s doctrine of Guardianship of the Jurist — which grants Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with supreme political power — is above Lebanon’s constitution.
“What the Iranian regime conceals with its [methods] of political dissimulation has been exposed today by Nasrallah through his slips of the tongue. These declarations have harmed the Lebanese state, constitution, and law,” said Husseini, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“This is clear collaboration of a Lebanese with a foreign country. Therefore, just like the proper action taken by Bahrain, when it revoked the citizenship of Iran’s collaborators, who were involved in tarnishing the image of Bahrain, I call upon the State of Lebanon to revoke citizenship of Hassan Nasrallah,” he added.
The terror group has denied Nasrallah made the remark, which was reported by Iran’s Farda news agency.
Hezbollah receives extensive military aid from Iran and the terror group is a key player in the Iranian-led “axis of resistance” against Israel.
Additionally, Husseini said Iran is working to undermine Arab countries and sow discord in the Middle East.
“What is happening today in our nation – and I have said this in over a thousand interviews and statements – is that Persian Iran is genuinely endeavoring to shatter our Arab nation to smithereens. Iran wants to divide and infiltrate our nation. Iran is lying in wait for our nation,” he said.
“We started to have a problem in Lebanon when Iran founded Hezbollah, making it and its members guns for hire, fighting here and there in Lebanon, making threats against the UAE, Kuwait, and Yemen, and striking in Saudi Arabia,” Husseini added.
He also accused Iran and “Nasrallah’s followers” of endangering Shiite Islam, which although followed by a majority of Iranians has a significantly smaller following in the Muslim world than Sunni Islam.
Husseini has previously come out strongly against Iran’s influence in Lebanon and has also sought to spread messages of peace and nonviolence in Hebrew on social media.