May 31, 2013 – New York – A
U.S. State Department annual report on terrorism confirms that Iran and its
Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah have been increasing their combined efforts to
carry out deadly, violent acts of terrorism worldwide.
"Iran and Hezbollah's terrorist activity has reached a tempo unseen since
the 1990s,” the State Department concludes in its newly released “Country
Reports on Terrorism." Iran's sponsorship of terrorism overseas underwent
"a marked resurgence" in 2012, “with attacks plotted in Southeast
Asia, Europe, and Africa," the report said.
Terror targets included an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in
Bulgaria that killed six, as well as thwarted strikes in India, Thailand,
Georgia and Kenya.
“The reality is Iran has long been the leading state sponsor of terrorism, and
the Hezbollah organization it helped create and today supports works
hand-in-glove with its Tehran patrons,” said AJC Executive Director David
In response, AJC has stepped up its advocacy efforts, urging the European
Union, at long last, to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The AJC
campaign was the core message of Harris’s commentary this week on the CBS radio
network, and will be featured in a full-page AJC ad in the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
Earlier this week, Argentine Prosecutor Albert Nisman issued a major report on
Iranian terror activities in Latin America. He traced the roots of Iran’s global
terror plan to a 1982 seminar in Tehran for Muslim leaders from around the
world that was “a turning point in the regime’s policy for exporting the
revolution, including the use of violence and terrorism.”