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Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah
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Nasrallah hero of Arab world

Muslim brotherhood leader in Egypt says Hizbullah's defeat of Israel has emboldened jihadist spirit across Arab world

Muslim Brotherhood ready to fight: The leader of the Muslim brotherhood movement in Egypt Mohammad Mahdi Akef has capitalized on what he called Hizbullah's military victory over Israel to serve his own agenda.


Having shown readiness to send thousands of jihadists to Lebanon to fight with Hizbullah during the fighting, Akef said the Shiite group's victory against an "army equipped with the most advanced weapons and American equipment" signals the beginning of the end of US influence in the region.


"The most obvious outcome of the Lebanese experience is that the spirit of jihad and resistance has erupted and the culture of resistance has spread and can't be stopped," he wrote in a weekly column.

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Akef's views reflects the rising support for Hizbullah and Hamas, groups admired by millions of Muslims in Egypt and around the world.


A recent survey conducted by the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development in Cairo showed Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah to be the most popular leader in the Arab world, followed by Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who came second and third.


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Egyptian filmmakers submitted a script for a film depicting an Israeli plot to assassinate Nasrallah.


Egyptian censors turned down the script saying the film "incites against Israel and fuel popular anger in Egypt which doesn't serve the national interest of the country."


The script for the film, which was penned by renowned writer Mohammad al-Mahlawi, stars Lebanese pop star Nansi Ajram, as a Mossad agent, and Egyptian actor Hassan Yousef, as Hassan Nasrallah.


The story depict a Mossad agent, played by Egyptian actor Ahmad Ezz, who's mission it is to infiltrate the ranks of Hizbullah to assassinate its leader. Ajram plays Ezz's wife.


Among other Egyptian scenario inspired by the war between Israel and Hizbullah, one based on real life events, is the story of Egyptian diplomat Hassan Issa, who served as Egypt's consul-general in Tel Aviv.


Issa's brother was arrested in Cairo during the war for attempting to kill his brother for being an "infidel."


The brother, who's affiliated with a radical Islamic movement, had threatened to kill his brother in the past for agreeing to serve in Israel.


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