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UK Bans Hezbollah by Judith Bergman (Gatestone Inst.)

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Mar. 23, 2019

  • “Hezbollah themselves have laughed off the suggestion there is a difference. I’ve carefully considered the evidence and I’m satisfied they are one and the same with the entire organisation linked to terrorism.” — UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
  • Hezbollah itself, in fact, does not acknowledge having separate political and military ‘wings’.
  • A female lawyer who courageously defended Iranian women who removed their hijabs to protest the Iranian regime’s misogynistic treatment, was sentenced recently to 33 years in prison and a flogging of 150 lashes.
  • On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sent a telegram to Iran’s regime, carrying “congratulations”. The Germany Director of Human Rights Watch, Wenzel Michalski, called Steinmeier’s congratulations “shocking“.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid recently proscribed the Iranian terrorist proxy organization, Hezbollah (‘Party of God’) in its entirety under the UK Terrorism Act 2000, a government decision that the UK Parliament also recently approved.[1]

“There have long been calls to ban the whole group with the distinction between the two factions derided as smoke and mirrors,” Javid said during a debate on the prevention and suppression of terrorism in the House of Commons. “Hezbollah themselves have laughed off the suggestion there is a difference. I’ve carefully considered the evidence and I’m satisfied they are one and the same with the entire organisation linked to terrorism.”

In banning the entire organization of Hezbollah, the UK joins Canada, the U.S., Israel, the Netherlands and the Arab League, which have all banned the terror organization.

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