European Parliament Members Call for Full Ban on Hezbollah

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European Parliament Members Call for Full Ban on Hezbollah

Members of the European Union Parliament sent a letter on Thursday to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, urging that Hezbollah would be entirely classified as a terrorist entity.

"It’s outrageous that the European Union still has not denounced Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah's growing arsenal and entanglement in regional conflicts severely destabilizes certain countries and the wider Middle East. It is high time to acknowledge that Islamist inspired terrorism is not only a threat to the Middle East, but is also the top threat to Europe's security," said MEP Anders Vistisen, one of the three co-initiators of the letter.

The other two co-initiators were Lars Adaktusson and Péter Niedermüller.

The letter was signed by 60 members of the European Parliament.

“In order to stop Hezbollah's extensive terrorist activities, the EU approach has to change. Hezbollah is one united organization, and the EU policy cannot be based on a pretend division of this terrorist organization into a civilian and a military wing," stressed Adaktusson.

The European Union only designated Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist entity in 2012.

The lawmakers said that distinguishing between the Lebanese terror group’s supposed “military” and “political” wings is “illogical,” and rejected even by Hezbollah itself.

"It is a widely known fact that Hezbollah, just like Hamas, is a typical terror organization. Their goal is not peace in the Middle East, but prolonging the crisis and promoting hate. Both of them should have been officially designated as terror organizations a long time ago. Those who support these organizations endanger peace, and the EU's moral obligation is to stand with Israel on this issue," said MEP Niedermüller.

The letter outlines the threat that Hezbollah poses due to its destabilizing activities in the Middle East and beyond the region, noting that the group has amassed 150,000 rockets in violation of UN Security Resolution 1701, and supported the Syrian regime in its war crimes.

The letter states that “in light of the above and Europe’s strong commitment against intolerance and terrorism, we firmly urge the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety."

"Only by recognizing the organization’s true nature may we be successful in protecting Europe and our common values," it concludes.

Source: Agencies