Revealed: NHS nurse met Hezbollah terror chief in Lebanon while on annual leave

Nurse interviewed Hezbollah leader for a documentary about her ‘martyr’ grandfather


The Subeiti sisters Fatima (far left) and Batool (second from left) shared an image of their meeting with Hezbollah leader Muhammed Raad (right). They blurred out the Hezbollah logo on the yellow flag and used astrixes when writing the name of the terror group (Photo: Instagram)

 A pro-Hezbollah nurse travelled to Lebanon while on paid leave from the NHS to interview a terror chief for a documentary about her “martyr” grandfather, the JC can reveal.

In a gushing post after the January meeting, trainee endoscopist Fatima Al-Subeiti related how the head of Hezbollah’s political wing in Lebanon, Muhammad Raad, heaped praise on her grandfather as a key player in the creation of the banned terror group.

Also at the meeting was Fatima’s sister, Batool, an engineer at Arup Group – a company with UK government defence contracts – who has celebrated the October 7 terror attacks and helped organise the anti-Israel Quds Day march in London.

A post shared by the sisters on Instagram in January states that their grandfather, Muhammad Hadi Al-Subeiti, was a founding member of the Islamic Da’wah Party, a Shia Islamist movement in Iraq, and helped the “formation of the Islamic resistance of Lebanon”.

They write that during the meeting the Hezbollah leader remarked on their grandfather’s “martyrdom” and said he would never forget the “strength and dynamism of his ideas”.

Tipped to succeed Hassan Nasrallah as the next secretary-general of the Iranian-backed faction, Raad is one of the most senior figures in the Iran-backed terror group.

Batool Subeiti regularly addresses students at UK universities and is a contributor to the Iran regime mouthpiece Press TV.

She appeared to celebrate Hamas’s massacres on southern Israel, describing the attack on social media as “unprecedented revenge”, and praising Hamas’s “creativity and execution”.

In photos of the meeting shared by the sisters, they described Raad as “one of the ideologues of the Lebanese resistance party (H e z b*ll*h)”. The post was still on Instagram at time of publication with the Hezbollah logo blurred out.

It has been illegal to share the Hezbollah logo since 2019 when the party was banned under UK counter-terror laws. The military wing of the Lebanese group has been proscribed since 2008 and it is illegal to carry or display the Hezbollah flag or arrange a meeting with the group.

The same month that Raad met the sisters, he threatened increasing escalation on Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, saying: “The Israeli enemy is not ready for war in the face of what the Islamic resistance in Lebanon has prepared for it.” Some 60,000 Israelis remain evacuated from the Lebanese border area as Hezbollah ramps up attacks.

Raad’s son was a commander in Hezbollah’s elite terror unit, the Radwan Force, which is designed to undertake terrorist operations inside Israel. He had a close relationship with the IRGC’s Qassem Soleimani and was killed in November 2023.

This month, Raad spoke to Russia Today from the same stateroom where he met the Subeitis and said: “We need to enter the heart of Western societies.”

The Subeitis’ meeting with Raad came one month after they shared a different post along with their younger sister, Zahraa, that appeared to condone the targeting of US army bases in Iraq.

In a photo cross-shared across the three sister’s Instagram accounts, the Subeitis celebrated a woman who cooked for one the Iraqi militias involved in launching terror attacks on US bases.

Describing the meeting as a “blessed encounter”, the Subeitis said the Iraqi woman was a cook for the forces “currently targeting American bases in Iraq”.

“She cared for & fed & raised the morale of the many men who achieved martyrdom in protecting their land from Western backed terrOr!sts. She was their sweet mother who would constantly cheer them on and remind them of the promised victory against the usurpers[sic].”

One month after they shared the image, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq struck a US outpost, killing three US soldiers.

On June 20, Batool Subeiti appeared to celebrate an attack on Israel by Hezbollah, writing on Instagram, “We will come at the Israeli occupation entity from the land, air and sea – spelling out the demise of the entity.”

The engineer has volunteered for the London-based Shia activist group the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) since 2016. Ahead of this year’s Al-Quds Day, the day marked by Iran for the destruction of Israel, she said Israel’s demise was “inevitable”.

“The only topic that gives sanity in these times is discussing Israel’s demise,” she wrote in April.

She frequently addresses students at UK campuses and led a session on “imperialism and occupation” at King’s College London. She has also spoken at the Islamic Centre of England, which hosted a vigil for Qassim Soleimani and has been accused of being a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime.

Batool Subeiti called October 7 “a turning point in the Palestinian struggle for Liberation”. As Hamas fighters were murdering revellers at Nova festival she tweeted: “The Palestinian resistance has made a call for general mobilisation.”

In the days after the massacre, she shared “explainer” videos about Israel: “Nothing can undo the sheer magnitude of damage done to the Zionist entity.”

“Consider the speed with reaching goals, the capacity to reach goals, the magnitude of destruction caused, the number of land seizures, and settlers and soldiers that were killed and continue to be killed,” she said.

On a panel with David Miller in Cardiff, Batool said Islamic State was “serving the American project” and is “in bed” with Israel.

“It was Hashd al-Sha’bi in Iraq that they tried to paint as terrorists or Islamist that fought the American conspiracy project....

“They purposefully want people in the West to not be affected by this real, I would argue, Islamic movement on the ground that’s fighting anti-imperialism.

“That’s real faith. Real faith is standing up for dignity, real faith is standing up for freedom, real faith is not accepting being enslaved by the hegemony of the day.”

Speaking on Press TV, Batool said: “At the end of this confrontation, the Israeli occupation entity will emerge much weaker...

“The price of resistance is less than the price of surrendering and giving up.

“I am less worried about the material damage and I’m more hopeful about the resistance and the steadfastness.”

In another Press TV appearance, she said that Hamas had made Israel “tremble”, and added, “[Hamas] is the weakest link in the whole resistance axis, so now imagine fighting with the source of the resistance.”

She labelled a Hezbollah strike on an Israeli jet an “unprecedented deterioration of the entity’s ability to protect itself” and said that the Lebanese terror group had sent “a message to the enemy that it is prepared to escalate”.

While Fatima Subeiti’s posts on social media are less political than her sister’s, the meeting with Raad is still available on her profile.

In another post she appears to celebrate the violent death of martyr, writing that the “blood of the martyr” falls in “God’s hand.”

Still listed as a registered nurse in London’s North West region, enrolled at King’s College London and in direct contact with NHS patients, Fatima’s meeting with a Hezbollah official will have raised eyebrows at the NHS.

A spokesperson for the NHS said: “All trusts and NHS healthcare providers have policies in place to take necessary action against any staff who have expressed views that in no way reflect the views or values of the NHS.”

The regulatory body for nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said its investigations were confidential, but it would “take all concerns raised with us seriously and carefully consider the appropriate regulatory action”.

The Left Legal Fighting Fund campaign group representing Fatima denied she had met a Hezbollah leader. Batool Subeiti, the Arup Group, King’s College London, and the Home Office have been approached for comment.

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