Taking On Hezbollah Terror
Hezbollah is a Shi’a Islamist terrorist group based in Lebanon and sponsored by Iran. It has carried out attacks throughout the world that have killed thousands—Americans, Europeans, Israelis, and others.
With a stockpile of more than 100,000 rockets and missiles capable of hitting Israel, Hezbollah foments instability throughout Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and helps prop up Syrian dictator and accused war criminal Bashar al-Assad. The terror group also participates in criminal narco- and weapons-trafficking, money laundering, and other illegal activities in European cities.
AJC advocacy has already dealt a blow to Hezbollah around the globe. In 2016, AJC worked tirelessly with the U.S. Congress to ensure passage of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, which levies sanctions on financial institutions that help the group launder money. The law also provides for monitoring Hezbollah’s TV station, al-Manar, and mandates action against satellite, broadcast, Internet, or other providers that work with al-Manar.
In March 2016, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League officially designated the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, joining the United States, Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands in making that determination.
In 2013, after sustained effort on the part of AJC, the European Union (EU) designated the so-called “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terrorist group—making a false distinction between the group’s “political” and "military” wings. While the EU’s partial designation was welcome, designating all of Hezbollah would empower European governments to take stronger steps to keep it from organizing and fundraising within EU borders. This remains a key advocacy priority for AJC, especially for our offices in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Rome, and Warsaw.