Muslim Brotherhood, top Muslim cleric back Hezbollah

Muslim Brotherhood, protest against Israel's deadly offensive in Lebanon and Gaza, and express support for the Lebanese and Palestinian people.

Muslim Brotherhood, top Muslim cleric back Hezbollah

Egypt's outlawed but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood, which won 88 seats in the 454-member parliament in last year's elections, has asked permission from the Interior Ministry to organize a rally at the Cairo soccer stadium on August 15 to protest against Israel's deadly offensive in Lebanon and Gaza, and express support for the Lebanese and Palestinian people, adnki.com reported.

All Brotherhood independent lawmakers, as well as a number of MPs from the ruling National Democratic Party (PND), have called for an emergency session of the parliament, which is currently closed for its summer recess, to discuss a strategy to provide aid to the Palestinian and Lebanese people as well as their resistance groups.

Analysts say the Egyptian public support for the Lebanese people, including the resistance movement Hezbollah, is at odds with the government, which has joined international calls for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon, but at the same time criticized Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who recently vowed to send rockets deep into Israel.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, a prominent Egyptian-born Muslim cleric, expressed his support for the Shia Hezbollah movement, saying that the Lebanese resistance is "legitimate holy war (Jihad)", and urging Sunni Muslims to support their Shia brothers.

"Even if the Shias are different from Sunnis in many respects, they must receive our backing," he said, stressing that: "the objective of Shias, like Sunnis, must always be the defense of Islam."

"Islamic law (Sharia) is life. The Lebanese resistance is a legitimate Jihad, and it is a duty for every Muslim to support Hezbollah in its struggle against the Israeli invasion," said Sheikh al-Qaradawi, who currently heads the European Council for Fatwas and Research (founded in 1997).

More than 420 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Lebanon since Israel launched its deadly offensive more than two weeks ago. Only 51 Israelis, most of them soldiers, have died.

A similarly aggressive assault in the Gaza Strip has killed more than 140 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Only one Israeli soldier has died since the Gaza offensive began late last month.

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