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How Does EU Avoid Defining Hizbullah as Terrorist Organization?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

President Shimon Peres  and the Israeli lawfare group Shurat HaDin have launched two separate but simultaneous campaigns to pressure the European Union to agree Hizbullah equals terror.

President Peres is to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week and will urge it to place the Iranian-backed Hizbullah Shi’ite Muslim group on the list of terror organizations, as the United States has done.

A major obstacle to the classification is the failure of all 27 EU countries to agree.

“The President will tell the EU leaders that every country needs to treat Hezbollah as a terror organization,” a spokesperson to the President told the European Jewish Press (EJP).

“The President’s EU meetings “will take place in the context of the inquiry into the terror attack in Bulgaria which found that Hizbullah was responsible for the bombing and the subsequent discussions within Europe on the consequences.”

His speech to the European Parliament will be the first by an Israeli leader in the legislature’s current format, which includes 754 members from the 27 EU member states.

Shurat HaDin, known in English as the Israel Law Center, is headed by attorney Nitsana Darshn-Leitner. She has staged a quiet revolution in fighting terrorism by winning lawsuits against Hamas and the Palestinian Authority as well as banks that handle money of terrorist groups. Shurat HaDin has won  judgments running into the billions.

It also was instrumental in convincing companies they could be subject to criminal charges if they did not stop equipping Iranian oil tankers and terrorists’ Gaza-bound ships with communications equipment.

Darshn-Leitner now has written to the un to demand that it designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.

“In our letter to the EU officials, we accused the EU of cowardice and hiding its head in the sand in the face of overwhelming proof of the Islamic extremist groups’ long term involvement in global terrorism,” she said.

“We accused the EU of ignoring Hizbullah’s assassination of Lebanese President Rafiq Hariri, for which several of its officials were indicted by The Hague, and Hizbullah’s on-going role in perpetrating crimes against humanity in the Syrian civil war.”

Despite pressure from the United States and Israel, the EU has claimed that it will not outlaw the group until there is “tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terrorism,” she said.

Shurat HaDin this week issued a partial list of dozens of attacks that have killed more than 400 people, not including targeted civilians in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Bulgaria recently announced that Hizbullah was behind the July 2012 terrorist attack that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver.

Following is the partial list that is more than enough of the  “tangible evidence” the EU is looking for.

–  The 1982 and 1983 suicide bombings against the IDF headquarters building in Tyre, Lebanon, which killed 103 Israelis and 46–59 Lebanese, wounding 95 people.

–   The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing Lebanon, that killed 241 US marines, 58 French paratroopers and 6 civilians at the US and French barracks in Beirut.

–   The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.

–   The kidnapping and murder of numerous individuals during the Lebanon Hostage Crisis from 1982 to 1992, including the kidnapping and torture-murder of CIA Beirut station Chief William Buckley.

–   The 1992 Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, killing 29, in Argentina.

–   The 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 85, in Argentina.

–   The 1996 KhobarTowers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 20.

–   The 2000 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Adi Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar Sawaidwere.

–   In 2002, Singapore accused Hezbollah of recruiting Singaporeans in a failed 1990s plot to attack US and Israeli ships in the Singapore Straits.

–   The 2006 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, which precipitated the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War.

–   Intentionally targeting Israeli civilians and cities with rocket fire during the Second Lebanon War.

–   The January 15, 2008 bombing of a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut.

–   In 2009, a Hezbollah plot in Egypt was uncovered, where Egyptian authorities arrested 49 men for planning attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets in the Sinai Peninsula.

–   A failed 2011 bombing in Istanbul targeting the Israeli consul, which left eight dead.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Why the EU Refuses to Classify Hezbollah as a Terror Org.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The Lebanon-based Islamic organization Hezbollah is one of the most dangerous groups in the world. Recently, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah incited violence against American and European interests over the movie The Innocence of Muslims. And yet, the European Union refuses to follow America’s example and classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization – a move that would enable the E.U. to freeze the group’s assets in Europe.

Several people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been killed, ostensibly in retaliation for the movie, which is perceived to be critical of Muhammad, the 7th century Arab warlord who founded Islam. Instead of calling for calm, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah called for prolonged protests: “The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts.”

Hezbollah is also involved in terrorist activities in Syria. During a meeting on September 7 in Paphos, Cyprus, the foreign ministers of the 27 member states of the European Union discussed the situation in Syria, including the position which the E.U. should take regarding Hezbollah. While Britain and the Netherlands urged other E.U. governments to join the United States in imposing sanctions on Hezbollah, they were unable to convince the other E.U. members. Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said that Hezbollah should, further, be branded a terrorist organization; he was, however, was isolated with this stance.

This does not come as a surprise, considering the E.U.’s earlier refusal to condemn Hezbollah for terrorism. Last July, Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited the E.U. capital, Brussels, to persuade the E.U. to follow America’s example and classify Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Lieberman met resistance – a lot. He was attempting to isolate Hezbollah after the July 18 suicide bombing at the airport of the Bulgarian coastal resort of Burgas – an attack, and clearly a terrorist one – in which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed.

According to Israeli and American intelligence sources, the terrorist attack was the work of Hezbollah, upon orders from Iran. Nevertheless, the Cypriot minister of Foreign Affairs, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, who currently holds the rotating E.U. presidency said that there is “no tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terrorism.” Hence, there was “no consensus for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations.” He emphasized that Hezbollah was an organization with a political as well as an armed wing and that it has representatives in the Lebanese parliament and government.

In 2008, the Netherlands declared Hezbollah and all its branches terrorist entities. Britain considers only its armed wing a terrorist group. Consequently, Hezbollah can operate freely all over Europe, except in the Netherlands. Apart from the Netherlands and the United States, only Canada, Australia and New Zealand have classified Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The European Parliament did the same in a 2005 resolution, but as the latter was non-binding the E.U. has ignored it.

Jacob Campbell, a researcher at the British Institute for Middle Eastern Democracytold the Jerusalem Post: “Within just days of the Burgas bombing – almost undoubtedly perpetrated by Hezbollah – the Presidency of the E.U. Council explicitly ruled out the possibility of listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, insisting that there is no ‘tangible evidence’ to link Hezbollah to terrorism. This ludicrous statement was made despite an earlier resolution adopted by the European Parliament, which cites ‘clear evidence’ of terrorist acts committed by Hezbollah. On this issue, as in so many others, Brussels appears to have its head buried firmly in the sand.”

France is one of the countries that oppose the efforts to blacklist Hezbollah. France, the former colonial power in Lebanon, wants to preserve its diplomatic influence in that country. In 2011, Najib Mikati, a Hezbollah-backed politician, became Prime Minister of Lebanon after Hezbollah toppled the previous government. Even deadly attacks by Hezbollah on French nationals have not persuaded the French government to designate the group as terrorist. Last year, Alain Juppé, the then Foreign Minister of France, accused Hezbollah of attacking French U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon. However, with Hezbollah constituting part of the Lebanese establishment, the French are reluctant to act against it.

The German government, too, refuses to draw the obvious conclusion regarding Hezbollah, although the German domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesverfassungsschutz, has warned that Hezbollah has over 900 active members in Germany. In 2008, the German Interior Ministry restricted the reception of the programs of the Hezbollah television station Al-Manar in German hotels. Al-Manar is used by Hezbollah to recruit terrorists and communicate with sleeper cells around the globe.

Peter Martino

US: Hamas-Fatah Agreement an ‘Internal Matter’

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Obama administration declined to weigh in on the reconciliation agreement signed between Hamas and Fatah, saying instead that it was an “internal matter”.

“As we’ve said many times, questions of Palestinian reconciliation are an internal matter for Palestinians,” US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Nuland did reiterate the US position that Hamas is a terrorist organization, and that any Palestinian government must abide by the international agreements and norms that the Quartet had laid out. “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence. It must recognize the state of Israel and it must accept the previous agreements and obligations between the parties, including the road map.”

Jewish Press Staff

Ex-Congressman Gets A Year For Lobbying On Behalf Of Terrorist-Funding Charity

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Mark Deli Siljander, former congressman and deputy US ambassador to the United Nations, was sentenced last Wednesday to 366 days in federal prison for his role as an unregistered foreign agent for an Islamic charity found to have connections to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

“A Missouri charity [Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA)] secretly funneled more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of United States economic sanctions,”  an Attorney from the office of the Western District of Missouri said in a news release. “IARA then hired a former congressman to lobby the government on its behalf after it was listed as a specially designated global terrorist organization.”

 

Jewish Press Staff

Hamas PM Insists that the Armed Struggle Against Israel Will Continue

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, in the midst of a tour of Arab countries, spoke to a raucous crowd in Tunis and assured them that Hamas would never relinquish its arms, its territory, or its role as the guardian of Palestinian claims to Jerusalem. The crowd responded with chants of “Death to Israel” and “the army of Mohammed is back,” according to AFP.

The Islamist Ennahda party, which recently won the Tunisian elections, organized the rally.

Jewish Press Staff

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

   While Israel is hoping for a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Jewish state is also preparing for “a time of war,” declared a Knesset member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.
 
   “We are prepared for all risks,” said Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon. “And I think our enemies should know that even though we are speaking of peace, we are getting ready for a time of war, as well.”
 
   Danon, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, was speaking in an interview on this reporter’s program on New York’s WABC 770 AM Radio.
 
   Danon hinted that Israel may take action if the world does not stop the Iranian nuclear threat, recalling Israel’s lone strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981.
 
   Stated Danon: “We are ready for all scenarios, and we are able to defend our civilian population. I cannot tell you how long we can wait more. But we prefer to wait and see if the international bodies are acting, or [whether] it will be only the burden of Israel, like it was in the early ’80s, when the great leader, Menachem Begin, [made] the great decision to bomb the nuclear reactor in Iraq.”
 
   Despite his assertion that Jerusalem is preparing to act alone, Danon stressed that Iran is an international concern. He called on the Western world to “take action” against Iran’s suspected illicit nuclear program.
 
   “I think we have to take action,” he said. “It’s about time to take action. It should be the international world and not only Israel. And I expect the administration in the White House to wake up as soon as possible.”
 
   Danon stated that any future military confrontation against Iran “should be an international effort.”
 
   “We don’t want this to be a war of Jews against Muslims. It should be a war of Western civilization [against] Iran,” he said.
 

   “The threat of Iran becoming nuclear is a threat for the people who live in the U.S., Europe and Israel.” he said. “No one can guarantee that Iran will use its power only against Israel.”

 

What The New York Times Didn’t Report

 

   The New York Times has minimized the refusal of the controversial imam behind the Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero to condemn the Hamas terrorist organization.
 
   Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head of the Cordoba Initiative, which seeks to construct the proposed 13-story, $100 million center, repeatedly refused in a live WABC radio interview with this reporter to affirm the U.S. designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization or call the Muslim Brotherhood extremists.
 
   In an article entitled, “Parsing the record of Feisal Abdul Rauf,”The New York Times purports to present “a sampling of some of the most often quoted complaints” combined with counter claims by writings and statements from Rauf and his Cordoba Initiative.
 
   Reports the Times: “Mr. Abdul Rauf is often described as having refused to call Hamas…a terrorist organization. On 77 WABC radio on June 18, the talk radio host Aaron Klein asked him, ‘Do you believe that the State Department is correct in designating Hamas as a terrorist organization?’ “
 
   The New York Times then selectively quotes from only a small section of Rauf’s interview with this reporter:
 
   “Well, I’m not a politician. … The issue of terrorism is a very complex question. … I am a bridge builder. My work is … I do not want to be placed nor will I accept a position where I am the target of one side or another.”
 
   The Times apparently implied this small section of Rauf’s interview is the sole basis for the claim the imam refused to condemn Hamas.
 
   The Times did not report that during the same interview this reporter asked Rauf three separate times for his views on Hamas, repeatedly asking Rauf to condemn the Palestinian organization. This reporter also pointed out in the interview that Hamas attacks have targeted civilians and asked Rauf again whether that makes Hamas a terrorist group. The imam refused to pass judgment.
 
   The same New York Times piece implies Rauf does condemn Hamas. The newspaper quotes a statement from the Cordoba Initiative website which states: “Hamas is both a political movement and a terrorist organization. Hamas commits atrocious acts of terror. Imam Feisal has forcefully and consistently condemned all forms of terrorism, including those committed by Hamas, as un-Islamic.”
 

   The Times does not inform readers the statement was posted in direct response to public controversy surrounding Rauf’s interview with this reporter in which the imam refused three times to condemn Hamas or classify the group as a terrorist organization.

 

Cordoba Initiative Quietly Deletes

Controversial Material
 
   The Cordoba Initiative, the controversial group behind a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, has been scrubbing its website of key information and documentation.
 
   Cordoba’s website previously listed the group’s board members as well as a group of advisers. The names have since vanished from the site. The list of both advisersand board membersare still available in web archives.
 
   Another section of the site previously commented on the meaning of the word Cordoba, but that section has been removed. Also scrubbed from the Cordoba website is a section that detailed a sister project of the organization, founded by Rauf and entitled “Shari’ah Index Project.”
 
   The project’s stated goal was to “define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times.”
 
   “Imagine: a Perfectly Islamic State,” stated the deleted section of Cordoba’s website.
 
   Blogger Anne Bayefsky, writing at Pajamas Media, documented how until last week, the Cordoba website featured a photograph of the project’s chairman, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, and Iranian official Mohammad Javad Larijani at an event the Initiative sponsored in Malaysia in 2008.
 

   Larijani is an Islamic cleric and serves as secretary-general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights. His brother, Ali Larijani, is Iran’s top negotiator for nuclear issues.

 

      Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Aaron Klein

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