Over 15,000 people have now signed a CUFI petition calling for the UK Government to ban Hezbollah outright. The petition, which was launched in June, has gathered momentum since we announced MPs will be debating the topic in Parliament next week.
CUFI is now asking supporters to take a further step in writing to their MPs ahead of the debate.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese-based terrorist organisation banned throughout the world, including by the Arab League, United States, France and Israel, but not in the UK.
Britain has only banned its “military” arm but not its “political” wing meaning there is a legal loophole that is currently allowing support for the organisation to grow. However Hezbollah, by its own admission, does not differentiate between its political and military wings. The flag, which features an assault rifle, is used for both.
The petition started by Christians United for Israel is calling upon Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban Hezbollah outright.
Hezbollah calls for Islamist revolution around the world, has carried out terror attacks for over 30 years, and calls for the “liberation of Jerusalem” and for the destruction of Israel. Backed by Iran, it has tens of thousands of rockets that can reach every city in Israel.
CUFI UK Executive Director, Des Starritt says, “If Britain is to genuinely say ‘no to terror’ then all terrorist organisations must be banned without compromise. Following the Arab League and United States in proscribing Hezbollah is one simple step that the UK Government can take in ensuring that extremism will not be tolerated in this country.”