Fatfat: Nasrallah defends Iran as if the Shiites in Lebanon are Iranian diaspora

March 14 MP Ahmad Fatfat defended caretaker PM Saad Hariri’s position regarding Iran and attacked the position of Hezbollah chief Sayed Hassan Nasrallah.

He said that Nasrallah defends Iran as if the Shiites in Lebanon are an Iranian diaspora.

Fatfat stressed that Hariri was right in criticizing Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of Lebanon and the Arab countries and specially Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Fatat asked : “How would Iran and Hezbollah feel if Saudi Arabia and Bahrain tried to interfere in Iran by siding with Arab community against the rulers in Tehran?”

This is in reference to the Ahwazi ( Ahvazi) Arabs who are the predominant majority in the Khuzestan province of southwestern Iran ( also referred to as Arabstan) with cities such as Ahwaz , Abadan and Khoramshahr.

Khuuzestan produces about 80 % of Iran’s oil but you couldn’t tell this from the way the Iranian regime treats the Ahwazi people. Ahwazi Arabs suffer a great deal of discrimination. The people in Ahwaz are known to be proud Arabs but the Arab countries always ignored their calls for help in order to appease the rulers of Tehran.

Hezbollah and its Iranian backers came under attack by Hariri during the past couple of days

Hariri on Thursday slammed what he called Iran’s “flagrant intervention” in Lebanese and Arab affairs, saying his country will not be an Iranian protectorate.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast responded to Hariri’s attacks by saying: “Hariri’s position on Iran is deceptive”, adding that” it is not in Lebanon’s interest and threatens stability of the region”.

Hariri responded to the criticism by Iran’s foreign ministry by saying:

“Iran should stop interfering in the affairs of the Arab states and sowing discord among their peoples. It should also respect the principles of good neighborliness”.

Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Lebanon, Bahrain and Kuwait and added this is “not acceptable anymore.”

On Wednesday Hariri also slammed Hezbollah and its arms :

“Our project is to end the mandate of illegitimate arms, including Hezbollah’s weapons, in the political life in the country .”

Hariri added that ” non-state arms are aimed at bullying the State.”

“ It is unacceptable to violate the constitution and threaten the Lebanese under the pretext of resistance.” Hariri stressed

Addressing Hariri remarks about Iran , Nasrallah said :

“I would like to address Hariri’s comments on Iranian policy in the region. We are proud that we are allied with Iran and Syria. We have nothing to hide. And when a state that has stood with Lebanon is harmed, we cannot remain silent.

– We cannot remain silent, especially when a premier makes comments [against] Iran and makes it out to be the root of all problems in Arab world .

– If it were not for Iran’s support [of Lebanon] following the 2006 July War, a lot of houses would not have been rebuilt.

– This is not how Iran should be treated. Even if someone is upset with us because we collapsed his government, he should leave the Iranians alone.

  • antar2011

    we have always heard many of hizbollah’s supporters encouraging their thugs so they could revenge a system that made them poor and homeless during the civil war.

    what they fail to see that every sect have had its share of poverty and errors during the war.

    the others have moved on, hizbollah wanted the shia to stay remembering the ungly period of civil war.

    al 7iqd only destroys its owner… it is no exception with hizbollah and its supporters.

    they need to get back to some sense and do not betray their roots…after all they are not only lebanese but they are arabs too.

  • Anonymous

    we have always heard many of hizbollah’s supporters encouraging their thugs so they could revenge a system that made them poor and homeless during the civil war.

    what they fail to see that every sect have had its share of poverty and errors during the war.

    the others have moved on, hizbollah wanted the shia to stay remembering the ungly period of civil war.

    al 7iqd only destroys its owner… it is no exception with hizbollah and its supporters.

    they need to get back to some sense and do not betray their roots…after all they are not only lebanese but they are arabs too.

  • Fact is that the people of Ahwaz love Iranian culture more than any other religion or other country. What they were doing was what all ethnic groups in Iran have done since the Ayatollahs began their dictatorship. Ahwazi people put Noruz above everything else and they joined the other 200 million people in West Asia at the Noruz ceremony at the beginning of Spring.

  • Fact is that the people of Ahwaz love Iranian culture more than any other religion or other country. What they were doing was what all ethnic groups in Iran have done since the Ayatollahs began their dictatorship. Ahwazi people put Noruz above everything else and they joined the other 200 million people in West Asia at the Noruz ceremony at the beginning of Spring.

  • I’m of Khuzestani background and I can tell you that we love Iran and this article does not reflect our views and opinions and is obviously some zionist/arab/american propaganda to be used against Iran, to weaken it. The same way Pan-turkists use propaganda in the North to destabilize the turkophonic Iranian populations… it’s very cheap thing to do. And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world still…

    • Fadi81

      “And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world”

      Everything you wrote about HA/Shias in Lebanon makes no sense…dont comment on something you clearly know nothing about…

  • I’m of Khuzestani background and I can tell you that we love Iran and this article does not reflect our views and opinions and is obviously some zionist/arab/american propaganda to be used against Iran, to weaken it. The same way Pan-turkists use propaganda in the North to destabilize the turkophonic Iranian populations… it’s very cheap thing to do. And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world still…

    • Fadi81

      “And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world”

      Everything you wrote about HA/Shias in Lebanon makes no sense…dont comment on something you clearly know nothing about…

  • I’m of Khuzestani background and I can tell you that we love Iran and this article does not reflect our views and opinions and is obviously some zionist/arab/american propaganda to be used against Iran, to weaken it. The same way Pan-turkists use propaganda in the North to destabilize the turkophonic Iranian populations… it’s very cheap thing to do. And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world still…

    • Anonymous

      “And as for Hezbollah, they are elected by their own people and have the right to be a party. It has nothing to do with Iran. Just because they are Shiites they don’t deserve to have a say? I don’t understand why Arab countries are so suppressive of their Shiite minorities. It’s really sad to have this kind of discrimination in the world”

      Everything you wrote about HA/Shias in Lebanon makes no sense…dont comment on something you clearly know nothing about…

  • For more information on Ahwazi Arabs and to support the cause of equality, democracy, peace and justice for Ahwazi Arabs, go to: http://www.ahwazsolidarity.org

  • alihozi

    I hope the virtuous writer to make sure some information in regards to Ahwaz Arabs who now live in Iran.
    First: the recent events did not break out just against the hard-line regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
    Ahwazi Arab people are a nation that had Arabic independent Emirate had many names through the history (Mohammara, Arabistan, Al- Ahwaz, ….), occupied by Iran in 25/04/1925, and the people resist this since then and so far against the occupation and to recover their national and humanitarian rights.
    II: The Arabs in Iran are not only the majority in Khuzestan, but also in Hormozgan and Bushehr, and also invite the author or any observer of the Iranian matter to go to these provinces to see a particular fact, despite the existence of a strong Persinasation policy against natives in the provinces mentioned above.
    Third: As you know, based on official statistic in Iran regime, 1997, the population of Khuzestan alone more than 4 million people and according to all documents Arabs constitute the majority in Khuzestan, and this means logically Arabs there are more than 2 million, plus the Arabs in Bushehr and in Hormozgan as well as Arabs who migrated in the war (Iran, Iraq:1980-1988) and Iran did not re-construct of their home areas in Khuzestan, and therefore remained in Iranian cities and did not return to Khuzestan.
    If you calculate the population of Arabs in Iran in this logical form shall be numbered even more than 5 million people, despite the fact that the census shows the real if the international community forced the Iranian government to count the hearts of non-Persian people in Iran to end all either.
    As for the Arabs of Ahwaz (Khuzestan, Bushehr, Hormozgan), they believe that their population are more than 8 million people, and based on the statistic that done by the former Iranian regime in 1966, which confirmed that the Arabs make up 2.6 million of the 26 million and this means more than 10% Iran’s population are Arabs. But now and according to the official announcement of the population of Iran, about 80 million people and Ahwazi Arabs that they were by the logic of mathematics increased to over 8 million people.
    Thank you.

    Ali Abojrah