While countries such as the United States and Canada along with the Arab League countries have designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, in the UK that designation only applies to the organization’s military wing. Now, a cross-party group of MPs is calling on the government to proscribe the Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s political wing as being part of its terror army.
The UK parliament just debated the issue, with numerous Labor Party MPs leading the fight against Hezbolah, despite instructions from party leader Jeremy Corbyn to desist.
Here are some of the points made by MPs:
Joan Ryan (Labour)
- That this House believes that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation driven by an anti-Semitic ideology that seeks the destruction of Israel
- notes that Hezbollah declares itself to be one organisation without distinguishable political or military wings
- is concerned that the military wing of that organisation is proscribed, but its political wing is not
- calls on the Government to include Hezbollah in its entirety on the list of proscribed organisations
Zac Goldsmith (Conservative)
- There is no difference between the military and political wings of Hezbollah, as it continually acknowledges
- The only recognition of a difference is in UK policy; it does not exist in reality
- It is time for that policy to change.
Mike Gapes (Labour/Cooperative)
Jack Lopresti (Conservative)
- The backers of Hezbollah [are] the Iranians, who provide training and weapons, including rockets
- While the Iranians’ malevolent influence continues throughout the Middle East, they are jeopardizing the prospects for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis and posing a strategic threat to the very state of Israel