Hezbollah is now illegal in Britain after the UK Government came to the realisation that there is no distinction between the terror group’s military and political wings.
Here are ten key things why we believe Hezbollah had to be banned.
1. Hezbollah is an Islamic extremist group
Known as “Party of Allah”, Hezbollah wants to establish an Islamic government across the Arab world that will “liberate” Jerusalem.
2. Hezbollah wants to destroy Israel
From the inception of Hezbollah to the present, the elimination of the state of Israel has been a primary goal.
3. Hezbollah admits there is NO difference between its military and political wings
Even Hezbollah doesn’t differentiate between its political and military wings. In fact, one Hezbollah official has said, “Everyone knows that Hezbollah’s political and military wings are one and the same.”
Because Hezbollah participates in elections in Lebanon and has members in the Lebanese government, the EU made the distinction in 2013 enabling it to outlaw the military arm while giving legitimacy to the Hezbollah political party thus protecting the basic rights of its voters or its candidates. This is one of the reasons the UK refused to ban Hezbollah in its entirety until finally recognising there is no distinction.
4. Hezbollah hasn’t become more moderate
Despite what some defenders of Hezbollah have claimed, it has not moderated since its inception. In fact Hezbollah’s latest manifesto rejects “any compromise with Israel or recognising its legitimacy…even if everyone recognises ‘Israel’”
5. The Hezbollah flag incites terrorism
The flag logo reads (Hezbollah) meaning “Party of Allah” in Arabic Kufic script. The first letter of “Allah” reaches up to grasp an assault rifle. For more on the symbolism behind the flag, click here
6. It is behind terror attacks around the world
Hezbollah never takes responsibility for terror attacks but has been accused of attacks on Israeli diplomats and other targets in places as far as Thailand, Georgia, India, Cyprus and Bulgaria. It is believed to have been behind a 1994 suicide bombing in Argentina that killed 85 people.
In October 2018, the National Counterterrorism Center Director (NCTC) said the State Department’s work to counter Hezbollah is “every bit as much a priority” as its work against Al Qaeda and ISIS amid concerns Hezbollah is “determined” to attack inside the US.
7. Hezbollah has rockets that can reach Israel
Israeli intelligence estimates that Hezbollah amassed 150,000 rockets as of November 2015, including missiles capable of striking every major Israeli city.
Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets and missiles is mostly concealed in civilian residential buildings in Lebanon, as well as in sites like medical clinics, meaning that any future war will place Israel in a very difficult situation.
8. Hezbollah isn’t just a proxy of Iran – it IS Iran
Western analysts estimate that Hezbollah receives around $200 million a year from Iran. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard also provides training. As well as being prominent in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s presence in Syria is an additional threat to Israel’s security.
The leader of Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah said in February that he is willing to ask Iran to supply the Lebanese military with weapons and aerial defense systems to confront Israeli warplanes and called on Beirut to accept the offer.
In the interview Nasrallah spent over an hour extolling Iran and the Islamic revolution’s political and economic accomplishments and vowed that the organization would defend Iran in the event of war.
9. Hezbollah is behind substantial international crime
Hezbollah has active cells around the world, raising money and plotting attacks on Jews, Americans and other Westerners. For example, Hezbollah has been accused drug trafficking in Latin America, illegal banking and money laundering to fund its activities.
10. Hezbollah is anti-Semitic to the core
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s quotes include, “The Jews are a cancer which is liable to spread at any moment,” and “If they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”
Vigilant to the threat of Iran
Over the past three years, CUFI UK has led the calls to ban Hezbollah in the UK. We have more recently launched Operation Mordecai which is CUFI UK’s strategic plan to highlight the threat from Iran to Israel and the West.
The on-going campaign involves a number of actions on wide-ranging issues relating to Iran, but its primary aim is to ensure Britain positions itself on the right side of history by defending Israel against the tyrannous Iranian regime.
Operation Mordecai takes inspiration from the Biblical account of Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, whom having heard of the plot to annihilate the Jews, sought the Lord, warned about what was planned and took action. Please see below for more details about this campaign and how you can get involved.
Christians United for Israel UK