Lebanese people have flocked to social media to mock Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, after he called for a boycott of US goods and products in a speech on Sunday.
Calling the boycott “part of the battle” against US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, Nasrallah added, “if we do not want to boycott all goods, we choose some companies, and this is a form of confrontation”.
Pro-Hezbollah social media accounts later published lists of US products under the title “economic boycott is alertness and jihad”.
Pro-Hezbollah social media publishes lists of US products under title “Economic boycott is alertness and jihad” after leader Nasrallah calls on supporters to avoid US goods. Not sure how Lebanese will take to suggestion that they further narrow shopping choices, as prices rise. pic.twitter.com/gjNeYJ3Kc8
— Lizzie Porterلِيزي بورتر (@lcmporter) February 18, 2020
One Twitter user Dalia Tarabay a Lebanese activist, shared a picture of Nasrallah’s son, Jawad, sporting a branded American jumper, with the caption “I’m not taking off my Timberland USA hoodie, dad”.
— Dalia Tarabay (@DaliaTarabay) February 17, 2020
The Jerusalem Post reported that Jawad responded saying “all those who wrote against me – I don’t attack back. I don’t buy American products, even my iPhone I plan to sell”.
Jawad Nasrallah’s Twitter profile has since been suspended.
Tarabay added: “I wonder what Jawad will do with his American degree obtained from [the American University of Beirut].”
Twitter user Cynthia Karam wrote: “If I see any Hezbollah member carrying an iPhone, I will complain about him to Nasrallah”.
اذا بشوف حدا من جماعة حزب الله حامل ايفون بدي اشتكي عليه لنصرالله 😤#صباح_الخير
— Cynthia karam 🇱🇧 (@Cynthiakaram10) February 17, 2020
While, Shia Lebanese journalist Dima Sadek shared a still from the “Tom and Jerry” cartoon depicting Tom as a spy speaking a dialect from southern Lebanon, an area which is predominantly Hezbollah supporting.
Tom is seen informing someone: “Peace be upon you Hajj, Abbas is smoking Marlboro”.
— Dima (@DimaSadek) February 17, 2020
Hassan Jaroudi, a Lebanese Swiss healthcare professional, suggested Nasrallah should call for a boycott on American social media companies, and instead use Chinese alternatives.
I also suggested to them to boycott social media and use Chinese alternatives 😁 pic.twitter.com/YFvRVBId5p
— Hassan Jaroudi (@JaroudiH) February 18, 2020
While, Beiruti blogger, Gino Raidy, tweeted a picture of Iranian chocolate brand Minoo, reminiscent of Kitkat bars, with the caption “Iranian chocolate or nothing”.
— Gino Raidy 🇱🇧 (@GinoRaidy) February 17, 2020
The tweet garnered several responses, including pictures of regional chocolate and coffee alternatives for Lebanese people seeking to boycott American goods.
— Saeed AlGhamdi (@SaeedAli_Ghamdi) February 18, 2020
— أبو علي بوتين 🇱🇧 (@2020_boalii) February 16, 2020
In a more serious response, Iraqi-Lebanese writer Hussain Abdul-Hussain called the comments “dangerously delusional”, adding that Nasrallah “doesn’t understand that an economy in free fall, like Lebanon, cannot exert boycott/economic pressure on anyone, let alone America”.
This shows how dangerously delusional #Iran and its militias are. Here, Hezbollah's Nasrallah calls on #Lebanon to boycott US products. He doesn't understand that an economy in free fall, like #Lebanon, cannot exert boycott/economic pressure on anyone, let alone America. pic.twitter.com/RZlkj93fej
— Hussain Abdul-Hussain 🇺🇸 (@hahussain) February 16, 2020
Nasrallah has recently faced criticism after a statue of Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by US forces on 2 January, which was unveiled at the Israel-Lebanon border, allegedly turned out to be made of cardboard.
Cardboard statue of terrorist Soleimani pointing to Israel. Is this a real threat? I doubt it! 🤔😳 https://t.co/RuEA5QZVJd
— 👑فرداد ایرانی👑 (@_FARDAD) February 16, 2020