Following the death of Hezbollah's Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, CNN's senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, tweeted:
"Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Hezbollah's giants i respect a lot.."
What is it about Fadlallah's record that earns Nasr's respect?
-Ayatollah Mohamad Hussein Fadlallah, the most important religious authority among the Shiites of Lebanon and the Gulf states, is the most senior Shiite religious figure in Lebanon to have praised the massacre of eight teenage Israeli students at a religious school in Jerusalem on March 6 2008.
-In recent years, an intense effort has been made by American-based academics to portray Fadlallah as a moderate religious leader who is seeking to establish ecumenical understandings between Christians and Muslims. Journalists have characterized his religious rulings as "liberal.
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