The Israeli propaganda effort is a reliable source of amusement amidst the incalculable violence and destruction. They drops pamphlets, which inform the Lebanese that "Hezbollah is destroying your country and homes," followed by a barrage of American-made bombs that level entire villages. They interrupt radio- and TV broadcasts. Sometimes the images are just scrambled. While watching the news on Al Jazeera, the weather reporter morphs into Hillary Clinton-- a grave injustice to say the least. During a re-run of Hassan Nasrallah's latest televised address, I gleaned valuable information from a banner obscuring his face that read, "I am a member of Hezbollah". But they also individualize their efforts by bombarding cellphones with pre-recorded messages.
Yesterday, a young man named Hassan walked in to Cafe Younes, while I was discussing the shortcomings of Israeli propaganda with the owner of the cafe. Hassan told us of the phone calls he has been receiving from the Israelis, repeatedly between the hours of 4 and 6am. The first time they called, a voice said, "Hassan!" to which this coincidental namesake of the Hezbollah leader responded groggily, "Yes. What is it?" The message continued, "...the coward, is destroying this country." After the third or fourth call, Hassan recognized the number and stopped answering.
There are approximately 34,000 persons named Hassan in Lebanon, according to Information International.