Barnet Council in London has unanimously passed a motion to support a ban of terrorist organisation Hezbollah from the UK.
The Councillors joined calls from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and friends of Israel groups from both Labour and the Conservatives to “close any loophole” which would allow the emblem to be displayed and Hezbollah’s activities promoted with the council in the London borough of Barnet unanimously voting in favour of this on 25 July.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese-based terrorist organisation banned throughout the world, including by the Arab League, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Australia and Israel, but not in the UK.
Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon, is a staunch supporter of Israel and congratulated Barnet Council for unanimously agreeing to pass the motion.
Mr Offord said: “I have repeatedly called for the whole of the Hezbollah organisation to be proscribed under the Terrorism Act as the current situation enables them to use a legal loop-hole to justify unacceptable actions and words.”
“I believe the decision of the London Borough Barnet to pass this motion unanimously will give strength to my argument and will allow me to return to the Home Secretary and make clear that the people of Barnet are very unhappy with the present situation.”
“Many people in our borough feel that the behaviour of those people who display such flags is not simply free speech but crosses the line of anti-Semitism when they use specific terms to criticise the state of Israel and Jewish people. As Barnet Council has demonstrated, such deliberately provocative, racist actions must not be tolerated.”
“I am very proud that the Councillors in the London Borough Barnet have declared that they want to see an end to such behaviour on the streets of London.”
Leader of Barnet Labour Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “I am pleased that the council were unanimous in supporting Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for the banning of Hezbollah’s flag and emblems being displayed in public as it is a proscribed organisation.”
“I hope the Home Secretary closes this loophole in the law.”
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