EU bans Hizbollah’s military arm

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2013

Hizbollah’s military wing has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the European Union.

In a vote today, EU members unanimously approved the motion after Britain brought it before the body for a third time.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said that by taking this decision, “the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism.”


EU set to discuss Hizbollah ban this week

By Bernard Josephs, July 18, 2013

Talks aimed at adding the military wing of the Iran-backed Hizbollah militia to the EU’s list of terrorist organisations are to take place at the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday. The move is strongly backed by Britain. A Foreign Office official said that evidence of terror attacks by Hizbollah’s military wing was “compelling”.


Decision on EU Hizbollah ban still ‘months away’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union may wait until late 2013 to take a third vote on whether to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The Lebanon-based newspaper The Daily Star reported that the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli said a decision would not be made for “at least five [or] six months”.


EU Syria row ‘scuppering Hizbollah ban’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union’s refusal to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation may be due to a backlash from the divisive discussions over lifting the Syrian arms embargo.

Britain’s motion to have Hizbollah banned in Europe is supported by France, Germany and the Netherlands but was rejected for a second time last week.


Hizbollah cash case to be heard in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2013

The High Court is set to hear a dispute next year over a company partly controlled by a Saudi prince, which is alleged to have laundered money for Hizbollah.

Mr Justice Vos has cleared the way for the case to go ahead after a challenge as to whether the court had jurisdiction to hear it.


Netanyahu in dismay after EU refuses to classify Hizbollah as terrorists

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his dismay at the European Union’s refusal yesterday to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

Mr Netanyahu, who was speaking at a meeting with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem today, told reporters: “If Hizbollah isn't a terrorist organisation, I don't know what is a terrorist organisation.”


Turkey-Syria border: ‘Hizbollah murdered our villagers’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

As news began filtering through that the Syrian town of Qusayr, next to Lebanon, had fallen to a combined force of the Syrian Army, Hizbollah and Shia and Allawite militiamen, at another of Syria’s borders, refugees from yet another civil war battlefield gathered.


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.


Israel does not hold the key

By David Aaronovitch, June 2, 2013

When Israel was founded out of Jewry's near-destruction, it was at once a liberation for Jews and a disaster for Palestinian Arabs. What happened in the subsequent years - who did what to who and when - is not the subject of this column, but we need to agree that something that was good for one people was bad for another.


Hizbollah risking Lebanon to keep Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

Hassan Nasrallah was once considered the most credible leader in the
Middle East.

Supporters and enemies of Hizbollah’s secretary-general knew that his threats were credible, his denials accurate and that, by contrast with the high-blown rhetoric of the region, he usually meant what he said.