TEL AVIV — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s claim that he earns a modest monthly salary of about $1,300 has drawn more than its share of skepticism from Arab commentators on social media.
He claimed that he earns “maybe $1400, but they take off all kinds of things like $50 to support the resistance fund and more,” during an interview with Al Mayadeen, a network connected to Nasrallah’s terrorist organization and Iran.
Nasrallah’s comments have provoked criticism across Arab social media, especially in the Gulf states, where the terrorist organization was accused of being Iran’s most prominent agent in its project to destabilize or control Arab states.
“Hassan the lying crook claimed in the past that all the expenses of the Devil’s party come from Iran,” tweeted Abu Dhabi government member Ali al-Katbi. “These things have become part of the slogans used by the protestors in Iran who are crying ‘death to Hezbollah.’ Today, the liar is lying about the Iranians and claiming that his salary is $1,300.”
#حسن_زميرة الكذاب الدجال حين قال جميع مصاريف #حزب_الشيطان تأتي من #ايران وهذا الخطاب انتشر في #ايران لدرجة من ضمن الهتافات في مظاهرات #ايران الموت #لحزب_الله واليوم يخرج الكذاب الدجال يكذب على الإيرانيين ويقول راتبه 1300 دولار …….. شاهد هذا الفيديو pic.twitter.com/CzY5EQh8fe
— ﮼علي،الكتبي (@ali_alketbi8) January 6, 2018
“Soon Nasrallah will be tied with chains, that crook, and dragged through the streets of southern Lebanon,” wrote Saudi academic Mohammed Elaqi.
قريباً بإذن الله سوف يربط بجنزيرمن حديد ويسحب بهذا الدجال اللئيم اللعين في شوارع جنوب لبنان
— '' محمد العلاقي '' (@Mohammedelagi) January 6, 2018
Kuwaiti cleric Abdelrahman Nassar played with the meaning of Nasrallah’s name (victory of Allah), changing it to Nasrashaten, which means victory of Satan.
“Hassan Nasrashaten claims he’s paid $1,300!!! Cheap… You sold your country and your humanity for $1,300 per month. That’s what you’re worth,” he wrote on Twitter.
يزعم حسن نصرالشيطان أن راتبه 1300 دولار !!!
يالرخيص .. بعت عرضك وبلادك وإنسانيتك بـ 1300 شهريا
— عبدالرحمن النصار (@alnassar_kw) January 5, 2018
Nassar’s tweet was commented on by social media user Fawaz, who wrote, “Why do you believe him? He has an income of millions just from the drug factories.” According to widespread reports, part of Hezbollah’s financing comes from dealing drugs in southern Lebanon.
“If Hassan Nasrallah is worth $1,300, $1,300 to be an agent of Iran, maybe we will raise donations for him to take back his betrayal and become an Arab who opposes the Ayatollah’s regime?” asked Europe-based Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher.
“Lol he’s trying to be clever the idiot,” tweeted Abdelrahman al-Khateeb, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Association of Producers and Artists. “Translate his comments to Persian. Let’s see him say he earns $1,300 after the weak and poor (in Iran) have taken control of things.”
هههههههه ورط الخبل يبي يتفاصح ترجمو الخطاب فارسي هاجو الضعوف والمساكين عود يرقع يقول راتبي 1300دولار معاديمديه خبيلان pic.twitter.com/SoKoMol10P
— عبد الرحمن الخطيب (@asateer2011) January 5, 2018
Saudi social media activist Maae wrote, “Your salary, you crook, is $1,300. Why? Where is the Lebanese lira? Why aren’t you paid in liras? What about your drug trafficking and prostitution?”
راتبك يا زميره 1300 دولار ليه وين اليره البنانبه ماتقبض بها
والخمس و تجارتك في الدعاره و تجارتك في المخدرات pic.twitter.com/AG06HKiQry
— Maae (@mama80888) January 5, 2018
Saudi blogger Bin Faqit also made fun of Nasrallah’s comments, writing, “Nasrallah’s salary is $1,300 after payments!! That’s a bigger lie than the lie of the liberation of Jerusalem by the axis of resistance!”
حسن نصرالله راتبه 1300 دولار بعد الخصم!
كذبة أكبر من كذبة تحرير القدس على يد محور المقاومة والمماتعة! pic.twitter.com/krO4cKl6R7
— بن قفيط (@bin_kfit) January 5, 2018
“I’m ready to confirm that Nasrallah’s salary really is $1,300 for two reasons,” wrote Saudi media figure Abdelaziz al-Qahtani. “The first is because Iran treats him like a prostitute of no worth as he cheats on Lebanon and the Arabs. The second reason is that he steals all the money from the poor and widowed supporters of Hezbollah. He puts some of that money in his account and the rest he gives to Iran to pay his salary.”
“The dirty dog Hassan is lying and saying his salary is $1,300,” tweeted United Arab Emirates politician Bu Ahmad. “What about the billions from the drugs you grow in southern Lebanon and smuggle? And what about the millions you get from Israel to protect its border?”
الكلب النجس حسون تبوله يكذب و يقول ان راتبة ١٣٠٠ دولار وماذا عن مليارات المخدرات التى تهربها و تزرعها في الجنوب اللبناني و الملايين التي تستلمها من اسرائيل مقابل الدفاع عنها و حماية حدودها الجنوبية pic.twitter.com/ie7kWuALFc
— Buahmad 🇸 (@ILoveBuali) January 5, 2018
Lebanese journalist Tony Abi Najem, the editor-in-chief of the website IMLebanon, tweeted, “If Nasrallah’s salary is just $1,300 per month, he needs to go participate in the protests in Iran,” along with multiple smiley faces.
But there were also those online who expressed appreciation for Nasrallah’s allegedly modest salary.
“Nasrallah is paid $1,300 per month from which he gives to the resistance. So he gets cheers from the masses when he is interviewed on television because of his credibility and courage,” wrote Iraqi actor Khalil al-Refaii. “In Iraq we have wild dogs who traded in our blood that was robbed of us and claimed they were patriots. The wages and benefits are much higher than the presidents and the kings who sat in the Elysee Palace (in France).”
نصر الله يتسلم راتب 1300 دولار ويتصدق منه للمقاومة وحين يخرج على الشاشات تهتف له الملايين لمصداقيته وشجاعته . بينما لدينا كلاب سائبة بالعراق لعقت بدمائنا العبيط ونهبت وسرقت وأدعت الوطنية كذباً . يتسلمون رواتب وإمتيازات فاقت حتى رؤساء وملوك قصر الأليزيه بباريس .!؟#البصره#العبادي
— خليل الرفاعي (@kh3kk4) January 4, 2018