EU Impedes Hezbollah Terrorism

July 23, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

The European Union just took an important step.

The group’s 28 foreign ministers designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” a terrorist group.

That means restrictions on Hezbollah’s ability to operate in Europe.

The American and Canadian governments don’t distinguish between “military” and “non-military” wings.

Both countries rightly see Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, period.

We hope the EU will soon reach the same conclusion.

Meanwhile, AJC welcomes this week’s decision.

And we especially thank six countries:

Bulgaria, which after being attacked last year, courageously pointed the finger at Hezbollah;

Cyprus, which arrested a Hezbollah operative scouting for terror targets and successfully prosecuted him;

Holland, which pressed hard to label all of Hezbollah as a terrorist group;

Britain, which took the lead in the EU to get this measure adopted;

And France and Germany, which lent their considerable weight to the successful effort.

Thank you all!

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This is David Harris of AJC.