Hizbollah Denounces US 'Terrorist' Stance on Jerusalem
Hizbollah movement on Tuesday denounced statements by a US official branding the group as terrorist and accused the United States of committing "terrorist aggression" against Palestinians, reported The Associated Press.
A statement issued by the group in Beirut also repeated that any decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be tantamount to an "aggression" against all Arabs, said the agency.
"The shameful American decision to move the US Embassy to occupied Jerusalem is an expression of the official terrorist policy that the United States sponsors and fully supports," the statement said.
"Such a decision constitutes a terrorist aggression against the people of our nation and its sacred rights ... and provides a flagrant cover for Zionist terrorism."
Responding to recent comments by President Clinton that he was considering moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of the year, Hizbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, warned Sunday that American envoys would be sent home in coffins if that happened.
"The honorable Arab people can turn your embassy to rubble and return your diplomats in coffins," Nasrallah said.
The US State Department expressed outrage Monday over Nasrallah's remarks.
"Such violent threats deserve condemnation of the entire international community," spokesman Philip Reeker said.
"This illustrates once again why that organization is on our list of terrorist organizations."
In its statement Tuesday, Hizbollah's said Reeker's "terrorist" remarks were directed against the Lebanese people, Palestinians and Arabs, added the AP.
Hizbollah also called on Palestinians to "use all available means to defend" Jerusalem and urged Arabs and all Muslims to confront jointly what it termed US and Israeli attempts to rob them of what is theirs, the agency said - Albawaba.com
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