In Brief

While many Lebanese hit the beach on weekends, some head to museums. Opened to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon is Hezbollah’s latest museum. It is an impressive but surreal affair, unmatched in size and breadth by any other political party’s propaganda apparatus.

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While many Lebanese hit the beach on weekends, some head to museums. Opened to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in the small town of Mlita (south Lebanon) is Hezbollah’s latest museum. It is an impressive but surreal affair, unmatched in size and breadth by any other political party’s propaganda apparatus.

From its scenic standpoint, the museum overlooks both the western mountain range of the Bekaa Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. In a Frank Gehry-like structure, the Shi’a political group, which has exerted considerable power on Lebanese politics in recent years, offers visitors its take on its role as Lebanon’s preeminent Islamic resistance to Israel.

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