European Jewish Parliament urges heads of state to proscribe Hezbollah

The case for listing Hezbollah as a terror organisation is stronger than ever

by Tal Ofer on 14 February 2013 10:14

Following the findings of the Bulgarian government investigation into the Burgas terror attack, everyone in Europe knows what we all suspected from the beginning anyway – Hezbollah is responsible. Since the EU’s foreign ministers are going to meet next week, it is now time to present the case for listing Hezbollah as terror organization.

Looking at Hezbollah’s flag one can clearly see its intentions: one hand grabs the globe and the other a gun. Not exactly a charitable cause, right?

The flag has similarities with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s emblem and it’s no coincidence considering the financial support and guidance the organization gets from Iran, acting as its proxy in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s first general secretary was very close to Ayatollah Khomeini, while Ayatollah Fadlallah was approached by the Iranians to establish the organization.

In order to answer those who differentiate between the ‘military wing’ and ‘political wing’ of the organization, and to understand why Hezbollah is a terror organization, one doesn’t need to look just at its history of terror attacks against American and French forces and Israeli civilians and soldiers, but also at its structure – and mainly at the Shura Council.

The Shura Council is the decision-making body of the organization. The Shura includes 7 members of Hezbollah which are elected every few years and two Iranian representatives (one from the revolutionary guards and one from the Iranian Foreign ministry). All the members of the Shura are Ulama (experts in Islamic law, theology and philosophy) and it is headed by Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

The Shura makes decisions in relation to the military activity and the social activity. Nasrallah’s number two in the organisation, Naim Qassem, stated in 2009: “Hezbollah has a single leadership. All political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership.” (Los Angeles Times, 13 April 2009).

The decision to perpetrate any terrorist attack is taken by the Shura, as well as decisions to give financial and social support to the families of those terrorists through the Hezbollah network and recruiting new activists through social initiatives.

This is why we at the European Jewish Parliament decided to send letters to heads of governments of all 27 member states of EU and urge them to support the addition of Hezbollah as a whole to the European Union list of designated terrorist organizations at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting next week in Brussels.

It is time to kick out Hezbollah from Europe and prevent it from fundraising and recruiting activists here on our doorstep. The EU has all the proof it needs to make this decision and it should do so immediately if it doesn’t want to see another terror attack by Hezbollah on European soil.

Tal Ofer is a UK member of European Jewish Parliament

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