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September 26, 2016 / 23 Elul, 5776

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Arab League Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Group

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Lebanon-based Hezbollah is paying an increasingly high price for its loyalty to Iran; on Friday, the Arab League joined other world leaders in a formal vote declaring the Iranian proxy a terrorist entity.

 

“We decided to label Hezbollah a terrorist group in accordance with a project submitted by the United Arab Emirates regarding Iranian interference in the Arab region,” Arab League Deputy Secretary-General Ahmad Bin Hali said in a statement. Only Lebanon and Iraq abstained in the vote.

The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain, a member of the GCC and the Arab League, was the first Arab nation to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity in March 2013.

The vote followed a similar move by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) earlier this month, prompted by Bahrain. The six-member Council was led by Saudi Arabia in blacklisting Hezbollah on March 2. Among the offenses listed by the GCC were attempts to recruit new terrorists and smuggling weapons and explosives. In particular, Hezbollah’s support for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is of great concern to the Saudis and its Gulf partners.

The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman had all joined Saudi Arabia in pulling their staff members from embassies in Beirut. They also issued warnings against travel to Lebanon.

Hezbollah is listed as a terrorist organization in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Israel. However, the EU and UK make a distinction between the group’s military and “political” wings.

Shortly after the GCC’s decision to label the Lebanese organization a terrorist group, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah slammed the Gulf Arab countries’ decision.

He accused the GCC of indifference or outright collaboration with the Israeli state, according to a report in the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

“The Lebanese resistance is the only one that regains Arab dignity and fights for the Palestinian people,” Nasrallah said.

“Arab regimes led by Saudi Arabia side with Israel against our struggle. They do so because the defense of Israel is the guarantee to their survival.”

Hana Levi Julian

US Lawmakers Call on EU to Put All of Hezbollah on Terrorist List

Friday, March 11th, 2016

In a letter to the European Union’s Ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan, U.S. Representatives took the EU to task for pretending there is a legitimate “political” wing of Hezbollah. The EU has labeled Hezbollah’s “military arm” as a terrorist organization, distinguishing it from the group’s political wing, which is not so designated.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) and Grace Meng (D-NY-06) sent the letter to O’Sullivan following the recent decision by an organization of Gulf States (GCC) to designate the entire Hezbollah enterprise as a terrorist organization.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

Queens. New York City Rep. Grace Meng.

Queens. New York City Rep. Grace Meng.

“While the 2013 EU designation of Hezbollah’s military wing was a step in the right direction, distinguishing between Hezbollah’s military and political arms is a distinction without a difference,” Roskam and Meng wrote. “Hezbollah can easily transfer money within its organization, rendering EU attempts to effectively sanction its terrorist activities meaningless. The entire organization is implicated in Hezbollah’s nefarious activities.”

The U.S. lawmakers made no bones about the extent of mayhem Hezbollah has unleashed on the world:

Since its founding, Hezbollah, funded in part by Iran, has been responsible for thousands of deaths in Lebanon, Turkey, Bulgaria, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and many more. There is no indication that Hezbollah has slowed its terrorist activities. In recent years, Hezbollah has been implicated in plots in Cyprus, Thailand, Nigeria, Uruguay, the U.S. and more.

Roskam and Meng then turned to the dangers posed to Israel by Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is also in possession of approximately 150,000 rockets and missiles, some of which are capable of precision targeting nearly anywhere in Israel. In February, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah declared his intention to target an ammonia plant in Haifa and boasted that such an action will ‘lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of inhabitants.’ This type of action goes against international law, all recognized norms of armed conflict, and basic morality. We are inching closer to another Hezbollah-initiated war against Israel that would be disastrous for all involved.

“The European Union is a vital partner to the United States in addressing global issues,” the two Members of Congress added. “Given our collective importance to the global financial system, a unified approach to countering terrorist financing would be a formidable obstacle for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. We urge the European Union to immediately designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and work to oppose their global terrorist ambitions.”

The letter was sent to O’Sullivan on March 9.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Arab League Mulls Formally Declaring Hezbollah a Terror Entity

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

The Arab League is considering a move to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United States and the European Union in listing Lebanon-based Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

It is a move aimed not only at Hezbollah, but rather at isolating Iran, which is increasing its hold on the region via its proxies.

Arab nations in the region particularly fear Iran’s galloping progress in the nuclear technology field, which the United Nations and world powers failed to restrain.

Bahrain is behind the move. The tiny island kingdom, a member of the GCC and the Arab League, was the first Arab nation to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity in March 2013.

Saudi Arabia’s neighbor has struggled since the Arab Spring of 2011 with violence from its Shi’ite population, which was stirred up into a hornet’s nest by outside agitators.

King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain has been the driving force to persuade the Arab League to designate Hezbollah a terror group.

The GCC designation can result in sanctions against businesses and institutions associated with Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

Hana Levi Julian

Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council Declares Hezbollah a Terror Group

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council led by Saudi Arabia formally declared Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization on Wednesday (March 2). The group has already been declared a terrorist entity by the European Union and the United States.

Hezbollah was blacklisted by the group in response to hostile acts perpetrated within GCC member states, the GCC said in a statement. Among the offenses listed were attempts to recruit new terrorists and smuggling weapons and explosives. In particular, Hezbollah’s support for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is of great concern to the Saudis and its Gulf partners.

The other five members of the GCC are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. All have recently withdrawn staff members from their embassies in Beirut and issued warnings to their citizens against travel to Lebanon.

The move is seen by analysts as the lining up of Sunni Muslim nations against the Shi’ite Iranian axis being formed in the region. But it is also a move by Saudi Arabia to draw closer to the Western world at a time when radical Islamists are pulling Muslim-majority nations in the opposite direction.

Arab leaders are being faced with a difficult choice: join the 21st century with the West or risk one’s role at the top by either doing nothing or siding with extremist Islamists. As deeply conservative and even radical Saudi Arabia itself might be, it appears that its leadership sees the writing on the wall and has opted to avoid another Arab Spring.

Hezbollah has been sending fighters to the Syrian front for years to battle on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad alongside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hezbollah has also provided training and other technical assistance to Hamas on behalf of Iran prior to the Gaza-based terrorist group’s wars with Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Persian Gulf Nations Form Regional Navy, Police Force

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

 

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council hasS created a joint naval and police force in response to their mutual concerns over Iran’s growing nuclear prowess and the rise of Sunni Muslim radical groups.

The force was created at a regional conference held in Qatar, according to a report broadcast on Israel public radio.

Six nations from around the Persian Gulf will each send representatives to the regional force, and supplement it with a common fleet.

The new naval force is to be headquartered in Bahrain. A new regional police force is to be administered from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Both are intended to fight terrorism and organized crime, particularly due to Iran’s growing influence in the region, and the rise of Sunni Muslim extremist groups, according to the report.

 

 

Hana Levi Julian

Gulf Council Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The Gulf Cooperation Council took the lead against Hezbollah Tuesday and unanimously declared it a terrorist organization, a designation that the European Union is considering.

“All GCC countries are convinced that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Ghanim bin Fadl Al-Buainain told reporters in Jeddah.

“There is no difference of opinion among the GCC countries on considering Hezbollah a terrorist organization, especially after its involvement in the Syrian conflict.”

The GCC foreign and finance ministers met in Jeddah to discuss Gulf security, “continued Iranian threats, especially the busting of Iranian spy rings” in of GCC countries.

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