Sheik Nasrallah is a Lebanese Shi’a born in 1960 in Beirut. A city now destroyed in large areas by the Israeli mass murderers. His parents moved him to the south when a major civil war erupted in Lebanon in 1975. Sheik Nasrallah joined the Amal movement, which was kind of a precursor to Hezbollah, and moved to Iraq and the Shi’a holy city of Najaf.
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Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was governed by a Sunni minority and expelled Sheik Nasrallah from the country in 1978. At that point he returned to Lebanon and began teaching somewhere in Lebanon at a school then operated by Sheik Abbas al-Musawi, the leader of Amal (Hope in English). After the ruthless Israeli invasion and destruction of Beirut, Hezbollah was formed as the Palestine Liberation Organization was driven out of Lebanon and Mr Nasrallah began to abandon Amal for Hezbollah.
Sheik Abbas al-Musawi was assassinated by Israel in February 1992 by a helicopter gunship. Subsequently, the Iranian Ayatollah Khameini eased Sheik Nasrallah into the leadership of Hezbollah (Party of God in English).
For eighteen years Israel occupied southern Lebanon and could not destroy Hezbollah. It withdrew in 2000 and once again is failing, but more dramatically, then anytime since its violent creation in 1948; this despite its desire to use an American-supplied military war machine to destroy Arab resistance and decolonization efforts. When Israel in 1982 entered Lebanon, it should be recalled, they were greeted as liberators by the Shi’a. This was due to Israel’s expulsion of the Sunni P.L.O. Yet Israel stayed and turned their guns on the Shi’a and now the bitter fruit of that onslaught and the continuous occupation of Palestine brings less security and more hatred of Israel by its neighbors.
Some of the biography was obtained in an article in the Toronto Star, July 16, 2006.