Professor Deeb

For re-sentencing, Professor Lara Deeb, Ph.D., testified by affidavit with respect to Sayyed Fadlallah. Prof. Deeb is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College of the Clarement colleges; the author of “An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi’a Lebanon” (Princeton University Press 2006); and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. She has spent extended time in Lebanon particularly in the southern suburbs of Beirut, researching the Shi’a communities, and she has been to Bourj el-Barajneh, where Mohamad Hammoud was raised. Professor Deeb testified that being a follower of Fadlallah, who is a renowned religious leader in Lebanon, does not demonstrate that one is a senior member of Hezbollah, or even a member. Fadlallah and Hezbollah have disagreed significantly over the years. She also testified that

“[T]he fact of personal contact or communication with [Fadlallah] would not support any conclusion about whether that person was associated with Hezbollah.”

“Lay people may visit, call, or email these offices with their questions… While he was in decent health, it was possible for any of his followers to request an appointment with him, either in person or on the telephone. [H]e also held open office hours during which he would meet with followers who had questions. Contact with him was not limited to the powerful. The fact of personal communication with him would not support any conclusion about whether that person was associated with Hezbollah.”

Deeb also confirmed that Levitt’s testimony regarding Hammoud’s home mosque in Lebanon being Fadlallah’s principal mosque is completely incorrect:

“The large famous mosque that Fadlallah built and where he preached is actually called al-Hasanayn Mosque, and it is located in Haret Hrayk.” [It is not located in the Bourj el-Barajneh neighborhood. The Shi’a mosque in Bourj el-Barajneh is the al-Imam Hussein Bin Ali Mosque.]

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