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Iran-Hezbollah spreading influence in Germany

Christine Douglass-Williams

“Thirty mosques and Islamic cultural centers in Germany are tied to the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, a Hamburg intelligence agency report reveals.”

Hizballah is Iran’s most successful export. Iran expanded aid to its proxies with the money it gained from the nuclear deal. This emboldened the country and gave the regime’s leaders a further sense of supremacist entitlement; clearly they viewed Western leaders as weak dhimmis. Two years after the nuclear deal was signed, the Islamic Republic boosted its financial support to Hezbollah to $800 million a year, “a dramatic increase from the $200m” that it was giving its proxy prior to the deal.

Current U.S. sanctions have now limited Iran’s ability to fund Hizballah. The prevailing fear now is that an enraged Iran could mount a military strike against Israel or any Western nation by its proxies at any time.

Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, has “slammed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Twitter”:

“In Germany, there are currently about 30 known cultural and mosque associations in which a clientele regularly meets that is close to Hezbollah or its ideology.”

Now….

The U.S. government and a bipartisan group of American lawmakers have urged Berlin to outlaw the Lebanese Shia terror organisation – whose name is literally translated as the “Party of Allah” – in Germany.

But merely outlawing the jihadist organization is not enough. It needs to be followed up with action. For example, while Canada has designated Hizballah to be a terrorist organization, Hizballah is still expanding operations in the country, while Canada focuses its attention to curbing “Islamophobia” and puts millions of dollars into fighting this phenomenon that is intended to curb the freedom of speech. Recently, it was discovered that “Hezbollah’s external operations group, known as Unit 910” was “even more active in Canada than they were in the United States,” and that a member of Unit 910 “collected ‘detailed information’ about Toronto’s Pearson airport.”

Iran (and its proxies), Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood (and its affiliates), and the Islamic State have all infiltrated the West. The expansion of Hizballah in Germany is an example of the kind of incursion that is now common in all democratic societies.

“Report: Hezbollah Terror Group Tied to 30 German Mosques and Cultural Centers”, by Simon Kent, Breitbart, July 14, 2019:

Thirty mosques and Islamic cultural centers in Germany are tied to the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, a Hamburg intelligence agency report reveals.

The U.S. government and a bipartisan group of American lawmakers have urged Berlin to outlaw the Lebanese Shia terror organization – whose name is literally translated as the “Party of Allah” – in Germany.

“In Germany, there are currently about 30 known cultural and mosque associations in which a clientele regularly meets that is close to Hezbollah or its ideology,” wrote the intelligence agency.

According to the 282-page intelligence document and other German reports reviewed by the Jerusalem Post, there are 1,050 Hezbollah supporters and members in Germany.

Iran’s regime is a major financial sponsor of its chief proxy Hezbollah. Both Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran are allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Hamburg intelligence report states “the collection of donations is one of the most important tasks of the associations” where Hezbollah operatives meet.

On Saturday, Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff slammed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Twitter, writing:

“Nasrallah threatens Israel and its civilians and Europe continues to distinguish between the political and military wing of Hezbollah. Nasrallah doesn’t! This EU policy compromises any concerted international resolve to combat terror in all its forms.”

The U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Israel, and the Arab League have designated Hezbollah’s entire movement a terrorist organization. In 2013, Germany and the European Union merely proscribed Hezbollah’s so-called military wing – a distinction the Lebanese Shia terror organization itself does not make – as a terrorist entity.

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