BEIRUT: Unidentified persons hurled a Molotov cocktail at the NewTV station building in Beirut Tuesday morning.
Security forces are currently inspecting the station’s surveillance cameras and looking into the incident to prosecute the perpetrators.
About a week ago, NewTV broadcast a satirical clip within a weekly political show. The clip referenced the attack on the UNIFIL vehicle in southern Lebanon and the death of an Irish peacekeeper.
Hezbollah supporters took offense at the clip and launched a fierce online campaign against NewTV, the station’s news editor Maryam Al-Bassam, the show’s host Dalia Ahmed and comedian Joanna Karaki.
Jawad Hassan Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah’s secretary-general, participated in the campaign.
Karaki, who played a southern Lebanese woman, said in the clip that “when the UNIFIL peacekeepers first came to southern Lebanon, they took Lebanese wives, so the majority of southerners now have blue or green eyes with blond hair, with some who look more Italian and British than Lebanese,” referring to intermarriage between residents and peacekeepers operating in the south since 1978.
Hezbollah supporters said this clip offends the honor of women in the south of Lebanon.
Karaki refused to apologize for what she said, stressing that she is also from the south and is not accusing the women there of doing anything wrong.
The incident escalated into a sectarian crisis with the intervention of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council,…