Anti-Israeli Protests Spread Across Middle East

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 12:33 PM CST
Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Anti-Israel protesters gathered in the Arab world and beyond today to protest Israel’s bombing campaign against Gaza, the AP reports. At the largest protest, in Lebanon, tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters listened as the group’s leader warned Israel of the futility of a ground invasion. "Israel's air force will fail to destroy the will of the fighters firing rockets," Hassan Nasrallah said by video link from an undisclosed location.

A crowd of 3,000 in Egypt rallied to criticize the government for closing its borders with Gaza, and called for military intervention. The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood told the crowd to declare their “anger through peaceful means.” Protests against the Israeli attacks sprung up from Iraq to Greece, while militant mullahs in Iran set up online registration for volunteers to take up arms against Israel.