Senate Calls on EU to Designate Hizbullah as Terror Group
The Senate passed a resolution Friday calling on European countries to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) sponsored Res. 613, urging the European Union to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, impose sanctions and tell President Obama to provide information about the group to the European allies of the United States.
Hizbullah, an Iranian proxy, has waged a terror campaign against Israel and the United States since its creation in 1982.
It is also believed to be aiding Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s “violent repressions against the people of Syria.”
The U.S. State Department has designated Hizbullah as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997.
The resolution said that Europe should follow suit, “so that Hizbullah cannot use the territories of the European Union for fundraising, recruitment, financing, logistical support, training and propaganda,” The Hill reported.
The resolution also says that Obama should give information to Bulgaria to investigate the July 18, 2012, terrorist attack in Burgas, which is believed to have been perpetrated by Hizbullah, with backing from Iran.
The United Kingdom deemed Hizbullah’s military wing to be a terror entity but permitted its political organization to function in England, The National Review reported, as it called the U.K.’s designation “a theater of the absurd.”
Top Hizbullah leader, Naim Qassem supported that claim when he said in 2009 that, “Hizbullah has a single leadership,” and “all political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership.”
Only the Dutch government has listed Hizbullah’s entire enterprise as an illicit terror organization.
According to The National Review, only two conservative European politicians — Fiamma Nirenstein from Italy and Philipp Missfelder from Germany — have called for the EU to list Hizbullah as a terror organization. They are “unusual political voices in Europe where the mainstream media have largely ignored any meaningful discussion of banning Hizbullah,” according to the paper.
“Before al-Qaeda’s attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, Hizbullah was responsible for killing more Americans in terrorist attacks than any other terrorist group,” said David Cohen, under secretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, in August.
More than three-fifths of the Senate signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution.