Monday, July 22, 2013

B'nai Brith Canada: EU Hezbollah Policy Puts Lives at Risk

EU Engaging Iran Terror Proxy's "Political and Social Wings"  

B’nai Brith Canada said today that it is concerned about the impact that the European Union’s (EU) decision to list only the "Military Wing" of Hezbollah as a terror entity will have.

By continuing to engage their "Political and Social Wings," the EU has taken a step in the wrong direction, ignoring both the Iranian patronage and terrorist methodology of Hezbollah, B'nai Brith said.

The Jewish human rights organization noted that, just as in Canada, only the listing of the entire entity of Hezbollah could hope to combat its ongoing international terrorism activities.

Flawed Distinction

“In the past, Canada itself made the flawed distinction between the "military" and "social" wings of Hezbollah. After much debate and the strong advocacy efforts of B`nai Brith Canada and others, our then Federal government came to understand the importance of listing Hezbollah in its entirety,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “The EU’s latest decision comes more than ten years after Canada listed all of Hezbollah.”

“While some may view this as a positive step, giving false legitimacy to Hezbollah’s supposedly non-violent wings only serves to weaken international efforts to combat terror and strengthens Iran’s global ambitions," Dimant added. "Hezbollah must be recognized as one organization with one main leader sharing terrorism as its common goal. Until the EU recognizes Hezbollah as the world’s premier terror entity, under the control of the Mullahs of Iran, this latest compromise will only cost more innocent lives."

B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency.