Setting the Record Straight:
Why the EU must designate
all of Hezbollah
a Terrorist Organization

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Videos: Hezbollah Targets Europe,
Latin America, and the U.S.

Attacks and Conspires Against the EU

Watch AJC’s September 2019 cable television ad: How much more havoc must Hezbollah wreak before the EU stands on the right side of history?

Latin America's Worst Terror Attack

The largest mass-murder of Jews since the Holocaust: the 1994 Hezbollah bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In July 2019, the Argentine government designated Hezbollah a terror organization.

Destroying the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

The first jihadist attack on the United States: 63 people, including 17 Americans, were murdered when Hezbollah leveled the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon with a truck bomb.

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Setting the Record Straight
on Hezbollah

This exhaustive fact-based analysis produced by AJC and the International Counter-Terrorism Institute (ICT) makes the case for the full designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. One by one, the report examines claims made by diplomats and governments against designating Iran’s proxy a terrorist organization in its entirety. It unequivocally demonstrates how full designation strengthens Lebanon, protects the West, and promotes stability across the Middle East.

Scroll down to read the 12 most important responses to the arguments against full designation.

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Hezbollah
Destabilizes
Lebanon

Despite claims to the contrary, shutting out Hezbollah in its entirety will not destabilize the Lebanese government, and does nothing to combat ISIS.

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Contradictory
to the interests
of the Lebanese
government

Full designation of the complex group is possible and beneficial to Lebanon. Hezbollah has dragged Lebanon into violent maelstroms that led to the destruction of infrastructure, damage to the Lebanese economy and the loss of human life, in complete contradiction to the interests of the Lebanese government.

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Hezbollah Weakens
Democratic Forces
In Lebanon

Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government but operates primarily above the law, is involved in corruption on a particularly large scale. Full designation would enable the Lebanese government to contain the Hezbollah's corruption, reclaim control of the country, and implement Lebanese sovereignty.

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Diplomatic and
Political Ties
With Lebanon

Unlike the EU's approach to the ETA and IRA, full designation will not close off diplomatic and political engagement with Lebanon. The United States, the Netherlands, and Canada all designated Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization while simultaneously supporting the strengthening of government institutions, maintaining trade relations, and providing humanitarian aid for the refugee problem in Lebanon.

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Hezbollah is the
long arm of Iran

Although Hezbollah has tried to obscure its real relationship with Iran over the years, many statements by its leaders alongside other publications have attested to the depth of the ties between the organization and Iran.

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A Direct Terrorist
Threat to Europe

What happens in the Middle East doesn't stay in the Middle East. Hezbollah has established a terrorist infrastructure in Europe and executes terrorist attacks against non-European targets on European soil.

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Hezbollah's Nefarious
Activities in the EU

Despite banning the organization's military wing, Hezbollah has continued its involvement in criminal activities, gathering intelligence, and building an infrastructure to carry out terror attacks.

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Incites
Antisemitism

Hezbollah has adopted the anti-Zionist rhetoric of modern-day antisemitism. Antisemitism in and of itself constitutes a violation of human rights that Europe has committed to combat under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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More Dangerous Today
Than Ever Before

Hezbollah's evolution to a hybrid organization makes it more dangerous today than the terrorist revolutionary organization it was during the 1980s.

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The Number of
Hezbollah Operatives
in Europe is
Increasing

Hezbollah has well-established infrastructure in several European countries that could include hundreds or thousands of operatives.

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Hezbollah’s
Military and
Political Strength

A review of the organization’s increasing military and political strength and the consequences for the region and Europe.

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Key Points on
AJC’s Advocacy

Main points everyone should know about Hezbollah's operations in Europe and around the globe, including the group's connection to Iran, its backing of Syria's Assad, and its impact on Lebanese politics.

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In The
New York Times

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Take Action: URGE THE EU
TO DESIGNATE ALL OF HEZBOLLAH
A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

Sign the petition asking Congress to urge the Europeans to do the right thing and designate all of Hezbollah a terrorist organization.