Germany: Parliament seeks ban of Iran-backed Hezbollah political and terror wings in Europe

Germany Parliament seeks ban of Iran-backed Hezbollah political and terror wings in Europe

Germany’s governing parties are calling for a ban of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, saying it should be put on the European Union’s terrorist list.

“It is unacceptable that Hezbollah is waging a terrorist fight against Israel in the Middle East, which is being financed through worldwide criminal activities, among other things,” Mathias Middelberg, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in parliament said in a statement.

“In view of Germany’s special responsibility toward Israel, we call on the government to ban all activities for Hezbollah in Germany,” he added.

Germany Parliament seeks ban of Iran-backed Hezbollah political and terror wings in Europe

At the moment, the EU lists Iran-backed Hezbollah’s terror wing as a banned terrorist group, but not its political wing, which has been part of Lebanese governments in recent years.

“The separation between a political and a military arm should be abandoned, and Hezbollah as a whole should be placed on the EU terrorist list,” Middelberg said. “This could freeze Hezbollah’s funds and assets in Europe more extensively than before.”

“Hezbollah denies Israel’s right to exist, threatens violence and terror, and continues to massively increase its arsenal of missiles,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.