German Jews call on government to ban Hezbollah

The Central Council of Jews in Germany, the country’s umbrella Jewish organisation and EJC affiliate, urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to outlaw the entire terrorist entity Hezbollah.

The council’s weekly German Jewish paper Jüdische Allgemeine reported on Monday that “the Central Council of Jews in Germany calls for a ban of the Shi’ite militia Hezbollah.”

Council head Dr. Josef Schuster said that “a full ban of Hezbollah’s organisation has already happened in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,” adding that “Hezbollah is heavily financed by Iran, and Hezbollah poses, in its entirety, a threat to the entire world.”

Germany and the EU merely outlawed Hezbollah’s so-called military wing in 2013. In addition to the Netherlands and the UK, the US, Canada, Arab League and Israel classify all of Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.

“A continuation of the distinction between their individual wings would be negligent and should therefore be corrected as soon as possible,” Schuster said.
Schuster also criticized the Berlin authorities for allowing the annual al-Quds Day rally to take place.

“The al-Quds demonstration conveys nothing but antisemitism and hatred of Israel,” Schuster said. Jüdische Allgemeine quoted Schuster saying the rally “is as an Islamist propaganda campaign against Israel that seeks the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of Israel,” and at which the Iranian mullah regime is praised.

“It’s incomprehensible to us that this demo is approved year after year,” he said.
Hezbollah has murdered Jews in Europe, including a 2012 attack in which its operatives blew up an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria. Five Israelis and their Bulgarian Muslim bus driver were murdered in the terrorist attack at the seaside resort of Burgas on the Black Sea.


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