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Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad

February 10, 2019
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A billboard shows Hezbollah militant leader Hassan Nasrallah above a major highway in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, as the face of a satirical eye-catching, plastic bottle recycling campaign. Above Nasrallah's finger reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." and beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?" (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.

A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv’s Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

Above Nasrallah’s head reads the caption: “I don’t recycle bottles.” Beneath him, the poster says: “Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?”

ELA, Israel’s recycling company, was not immediately available for comment.

Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since a 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, apparently because of concerns he might be targeted in an Israeli attack.

The U.S., EU and Israel consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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A billboard shows Hezbollah militant leader Hassan Nasrallah above a major highway in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, as the face of a satirical eye-catching, plastic bottle recycling campaign. Above Nasrallah's finger reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." and beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?" (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)