European Union

Euro states oppose ban on Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

The Foreign Office has pledged to continue its campaign to convince EU member states to add Hizbollah to a list of terrorist organisations, despite opposition emerging this week.

Initial EU discussions on whether to proscribe the Iran-backed group in its entirety ended without agreement in Brussels on Tuesday.

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Britain asks EU to ban Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Britain has formally asked the European Union to outlaw Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The move increases the likelihood of the EU taking action against the Iranian-backed group and follows months of pressure from Anglo-Jewish groups.

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EU faces ‘great risk’ if it fails to curb Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Iran’s provision of money, military equipment and training to Hizbollah and terror groups, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, is of “serious concern”, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has told Parliament.

He said the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in terror attacks in Thailand, India, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kenya was increasingly worrying.

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EU foreign ministers in settlement product labelling drive

By Zoe Winograd, April 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers have shown their support for labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In a letter obtained by AFP on Friday, 13 ministers, including William Hague, told foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton: "We warmly welcome your commitment to work with fellow commissioners to prepare EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of settlement produce."

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BDS a total failure

March 15, 2013

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions crowd make a lot of noise. They march, they chant, they campaign. And, in a chilling echo of another time in history, they put much of their effort into a form of mob rule attacking specific Jewish businesses, trying to make it impossible for them to carry on trading.

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Peres’s diplomatic Euro-tour de force

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

To judge from the standing ovation that President Shimon Peres received following his speech on Tuesday morning to the European Parliament in Strasbourg — the first such speech by an Israeli head of state — you would think that Israel was the most favoured nation in the EU. As it was, Mr Peres did not spare his listeners from criticism.

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Peres declares 11 Belgian families Righteous Among the Nations

By Zoe Winograd, March 6, 2013

Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Prince of Belgium have bestowed decorations of Righteous Among the Nations on 11 Belgian families who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

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East Jerusalem EU consul recommends settlements divestment

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

European Union officials based in East Jerusalem and Ramallah have recommended that the EU limit trade with settlements and block investment in them.

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Cameron: help me kick Hizbollah out of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

David Cameron has asked the Jewish community to help him persuade the European Union to proscribe Hizbollah.

At his meeting last month with the Jewish Leadership Council, the Prime Minister urged its members to “make a noise” and lead a grassroots campaign calling for the EU to take action against the Iranian-backed terror group.

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Bulgaria to prove Hizbollah and Iran behind Burgas attack

By Zoe Winograd, February 5, 2013

Bulgarian officials are expected to provide evidence today that Hizbollah and its ally Iran were behind the suicide attack in Burgas last July. The attack killed five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver of an airport bus.

The Bulgarian government is set to make a public statement today after briefing Israeli officials on the investigation last month.

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