Druze religious leader Sheikh el Aql Naim Hassan condemned on Tuesday Wiam Wahab’s description of veiled Saudi women as “black trash bags, ” Future News reported
Future News also reported that Hassan, who is the highest Druze spiritual authority called President Michel Suleiman earlier in the day to condemn the comments made by Wahab, who is a Druze.
Wahab , a staunch ally of Syria and Hezbollah told OTV on Monday “Saudi women are black trash bags we see nothing of,” in reference to their attire. He also slammed outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi Arabia.
In a related development angry protesters took to the streets and blocked North Lebanon’s international road in protest against Wahab’s comments on Saudi women.
Around 500 protesters gathered and chanted “There is no God but God” and “Wiam, you pig; you should be chained down.
National News Agency (NNA) reported that the northern Abboudiyeh road that links Lebanon to Syria was blocked by burning tires.
The NNA added that security forces intervened to try and re-open the road.
Tripoli is Lebanon’s second-largest city and is considered the stronghold of the country’s Sunni Muslim community, which is the majority in Saudi Arabia.
Jumblatt also condemns
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt who is also a Druze condemned on Tuesday Wahab’s statement about Saudi veiled women
“Such a statement is rejected… it does not reflect the ethics and traditions of the Arab Druze and all believers in general,” Jumblatt told the PSP official website.
“Wahab’s statement is an assault on all veiled women and not just a category of them,” he added.
“Such behavior reflects negatively on us and increases tension in the country and in our relations with [neighbor-states].”
Wahhab told OTV on Monday “Saudi women are black trash bags we see nothing of,” in reference to their attire. He also slammed outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi Arabia.