Nasrallah calls for “Jihad with money” to face sanctions against Hezbollah

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is seen speaking on television in Nabatieh in southern Lebanon, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday called for “jihad with money” because of financial difficulties the party could face as a result of the Western sanctions imposed on him, expecting these sanctions to take an escalating course.

“I declare today that the resistance needs … to support and embrace the people,” Nasrallah said in a speech on a giant screen during a commemoration of the founding of the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, which is concerned with securing financial, logistical and social support for the party. He stressed that the Commission should continue to “work to provide the opportunity of jihad with money.”

Nasrallah’s announcement came after Britain announced on February 25 that the United States was completely banned from the United States, categorizing the Iranian-backed Shiite organization as a “terrorist organization,” and that the United States was tightening its pressure on the party.

In November, Washington included Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah’s secretary-general, on its blacklist of “global terrorists.”

Commenting on the British move, Nasrallah said, “We have to expect other countries to take the same step.”

He said sanctions and terrorist regulations were “part of the economic and moral financial war” against Hezbollah and “we have to deal with them as if we are in a war.” “We may face some difficulties and some trouble,” he said.

“In Lebanon they imposed a siege and extensive restrictions, and listed the names of companies, merchants, institutions and associations on the terrorist list … and on the list of sanctions,” he said, expecting sanctions to be tougher “on our supporters and on us.”

The United States classifies Hezbollah, which has a huge arsenal of “terrorist organizations” for years, and imposes economic sanctions on its leaders and collaborators.

In 2013, the EU put what the military wing of Hezbollah called its “terrorist organizations” list.

Nasrallah stressed that “those who can not crush you in war, fighting and assassination, imagine that through financial impoverishment and starvation and what they call draining sources of funding, you fall and collapse.”

He stressed that the countries that exert pressure on the party will not be able to “impoverish us, not starve us or our siege,” stressing that “those who support us continue to support us, whether they are States or peoples.”

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