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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lebanese Druze leader apologizes for calling Saudi women "trash bags"

From Ya Libnan on Tuesday:
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.
Now he is apologizing:
A Lebanese politician has apologized for calling veiled women in Saudi Arabia "trash bags."
Wiam Wahhab said Wednesday he did not mean to insult Muslim women but aimed to highlight "injustice" against Saudi women who are forced to wear abayas, a head-to-toe black robe.
Even though I posted this video only last week, how can I not show it again?