Hezbollah Beirut 370.
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BERLIN – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising of six Arab countries –
plans to impose robust sanctions against Hezbollah that will surpass the potency
of last week’s EU measure labeling the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist
entity, according to media reports on Sunday.
Saudi Arabian paper Al-Watan, which cited an unnamed source, wrote that the GCC views Hezbollah as a
monolithic organization and “does not differentiate between Hezbollah’s military
and political wings.”
In light of the council’s decision not to separate
Hezbollah into distinct parts, the source said the GCC’s sanctions are slated to
be “more comprehensive than the EU’s decision.”
According to Al-Watan
lines of diplomatic communication took place “between the GCC and some European
and international countries in a bid to clamp down on Hezbollah and its
The six GCC members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates. They are already “studying” counterterrorism methods
for cracking down on Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia has deported supporters of
Hezbollah from its territory, while Bahrain declared the organization to be a
terrorist entity in April, making it the first Arab country to outlaw the
The US, Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands
consider Hezbollah’s entire apparatus to be a terror organization.
28-member countries of the European Union placed the group’s military wing on
the EU terror list last week.
The July 2012 terror attack in Burgas,
Bulgaria, that resulted in the killing of five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus
driver and is largely considered to be Hezbollah’s handiwork fueled the decision
by some EU countries to blacklist Hezbollah. France, however, pushed for an EU
terror listing of Hezbollah because its combatants are fighting to preserve
Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria.
Writing on his The Spectator blog,
Douglas Murray, the associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, a London-
based think tank, said in reference to the partial EU ban, “Yet there is a cloud
on the silver lining – which is that the EU, in somewhat characteristic fashion,
has only managed to do a partly good thing. While they have banned the ‘military
wing’ of Hezbollah, they continue to allow the ‘political’ wing to fundraise and
recruit in Europe. In this way, they perpetuate the idiotic fiction of a
separation of powers within Hezbollah.
“That is, they continue to pretend
– like the British Foreign Office – that Hezbollah is not a unified
political-military organization under the leadership of Hassan Nasrallah and his
paymasters in Iran, but rather an organization with two wholly separate entities
– a ‘political’ wing and a ‘military’ wing,” he continued.
top leaders and MPs in the Lebanese parliament have blasted the European
decision over the last week. The Lebanese Shi’ite group has consistently
rejected the EU’s decision to separate its organization into political and
military wings and considers its operation to be a unified entity.
Beirut-based The Daily Star
reported on Sunday that Muhammad Raad, the head of
Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, said the “decision of the European Union is a
terrorist message and not a political one; they want to terrorize our people and
instill fear in their hearts.”
“The [decision] is not only an insult to
the resistance and its people,” he continued. “It reflects the despair of the
Europeans over all their attempts to put down the resistance and tame
quoted Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi as saying that the EU
decision was an “attack against the resistance, the people and the
The decision reflects a colonial policy [by the EU] toward
Lebanon and it comes in response to the Israeli- American dictates to the
Israel welcomed the designation of Hezbollah’s military wing as a
terrorist group but urged the EU to move to a full designation. In contrast to
Hezbollah, the EU classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization, and does not
distinguish between any of the Gazan group’s departments.