Last week, prominent Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani announced that his mother, the legendary singer Fairuz 78, supports Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. The news has rocked the anti-Hizbullah Jewish, Christian and Wahhabi/Salafi groups in the Middle East and far beyond.
Fairuz, a Syriac Orthodox Christian born in Beirut, is among the best known and most beloved singers in the Arab world. Listen some of her best songs below.
In November 2007, over 3,200 Israeli Arab citizens (Muslim, Christian and Druz) traveled to Amman (Jordan) to hear the “Arab world’s ambassadress to the stars,” Fairuz. Her songs were banned in Israel, Lebanon and several Arab states ruled by Western-puppets. Fairuz, who dedicated songs and entire performances to the Palestinians and the Resistance, felt no need to add to the message of her musical: Let the leaders, the people, the artists, all wake up!
Israeli newspapers, Ha’aretz and Jerusalem Post, gleefully claimed that Rahbani’s statement would fuel the country’s existing religious sectarian divide – and thus further isolate Hizbullah, politically and among the Arab population.
Lebanon’s Daily Star quoted Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt as saying: “Fairuz is too great to be criticized, and at the same time too great to be classified as belonging to this or that political camp, or to this or that axis.”
Rahbani hit back at critics in an interview with al-Mayadeen TV, saying: “Apparently it isn’t allowed in the age of strife for the princess of classy Arab art to voice love for the master of resistance,” in reference to Nasrallah.
Rahbani expressed his personal support for Nasrallah, saying: “How could Hezbollah not go to Syria? In doing so, it’s defending the whole region. If Fairuz didn’t support the resistance, there would’ve been an issue between me and her, and I wouldn’t have composed her songs.”
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah in a statement appreciated Fairuz’s moral support for Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah. Hizbullah is the only Arab armed resistance which defeated 30,000-strong invading Jewish army in Summer 2006.
“Based on our information, Hezbollah’s power has so much increased in recent years that they can attack any target in any part of the occupied territories with a high precision capability and with a very low margin of error,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force told Fars News Agency on Saturday.