The EU & Hezbollah

Hezbollah has all the attributes of an international terror organization. It was the first to introduce suicide bombing into the Middle East; it has abducted foreigners and held them hostage for years; it perpetrated the 1983 bombing against the U.S. embassy in Beirut, and, in the same year, the gruesome bombing of the U.S. and French barracks of the Multinational Force in Lebanon, killing hundreds of American and French soldiers; and it was responsible for the bombing of both the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the AMIA building in 1994, which together killed 114 civilians.

Hezbollah is the main reason for instability in South Lebanon – indeed, in the country as a whole. It was implicated in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri; it instigated the 2006 hostilities with Israel during which it fired thousands of rockets and missiles at towns and villages in Northern Israel; and in 2008 it seized Western Beirut in a bloody coup. For many years, Iran and Syria have been the prime sponsors of Hezbollah, harboring, financing, training, and arming that terror organization.

Most recently, Hezbollah has been implicated (together with Iran) in a series of terror attacks in Europe, culminating in the July 2012 terror attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, in which six civilians died. In March of 2013, a Cypriot court also found confessed Hezbollah member Hossam Taleb Yaccoub guilty of plotting an attack against Israeli targets on the island.

AJC has long called on all governments, especially EU member states, to place Hezbollah on their list of terrorist organizations. On July 22, the EU Foreign Affairs Council designated the "military wing" of Hezbollah as a terrorist group, a move AJC applauded. Read the full AJC statement here.

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AJC Video

AJC "Live From... Brussels" Reporting on EU Upcoming Decision on Hezbollah Status

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