Transatlantic Declaration: The EU Must Ban Hezbollah

Transatlantic Declaration: The EU Must Ban Hezbollah

We, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic and united across party lines, call on the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

Following the 2012 suicide bombing in Bulgaria that killed six people, the EU banned only Hezbollah’s so-called military wing, stopping short of confronting the terror group with the full force of its sanctions mechanism.

We thus urge the EU to end this false distinction between ‘military’ and ‘political’ arms – a distinction Hezbollah itself dismisses – and ban the entire organization. 

Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s most deadly proxy, operates a global terror network that threatens not only its neighbors but also Western democracies. In Germany alone, Hezbollah has over 1,000 members who are free to raise funds. The group’s violent and antisemitic ideology is poisoning the fabric of our pluralistic societies. This is most visibly the case through Hezbollah's annual ‘Quds Day’ marches where calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state echo the darkest chapters of European history.

Founded and funded by Tehran and sustained through organized crime, Hezbollah holds Lebanon hostage to its Iranian revolutionary agenda. Moreover, it spreads violence and terror throughout the entire region. Hezbollah collaborates with the murderous Assad regime and is complicit in horrific war crimes that have killed, maimed and driven out millions of Syrians. The group trains and supplies weapons to Shiite militias in Yemen and Iraq. In violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701, Hezbollah has rearmed to the teeth and remains an independent militia in Lebanon. It abuses its own civilian population as human shields to hide some 150,000 missiles targeting Israeli civilians.

As the examples of the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the UK, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League show, proscribing Hezbollah doesn’t preclude continued political engagement with Beirut. 

Banning Hezbollah also won‘t "destabilize" the country, as some falsely claim. The opposite is true. The only chance for real economic and political stability in Lebanon lies in the removal of Hezbollah's stranglehold on the country. The courageous Lebanese protestors taking to the streets against corruption and political violence specifically denounce Hezbollah’s ‘state within a state.’ They deserve our full support. An EU ban against the Iranian proxy will help strengthen these democratic forces. 

The European Union, which stands for democracy, human rights, and the rules-based international order, ought to use its power to put Hezbollah on notice. With nothing less than our collective security and the integrity of our democratic values at stake, now is the time to act.

 

Co-Initiators

Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament, Austria, EPP

Carmen Avram, Member of the European Parliament, Romania, S&D

Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, Member of the European Parliament, Greece, EPP

Alexandr Vondra, Member of the European Parliament, Czechia, ECR

Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania, Renew Europe

Dietmar Köster, Member of the European Parliament, Germany, S&D

 

Signatories

Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

David McAllister, Chair, European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, EPP, Germany

Witold Waszczykowski, Vice Chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, ECR, Poland

Ondřej Benešík, Chair of the Committee on European Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Chair of KDU-ČSL, Czech Republic

Rihards Kols, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima, National Alliance, Latvia

Zbigniew Rau, Chair of the Sejm's Foreign Affairs Committee, Law and Justice, Poland

Professor Karol Karski, Quaestor, Member of the Bureau of the European Parliament, ECR, Poland

Patrik Kunčar, Vice Chair of Senate´s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security, KDU-ČSL, Czech Republic

Annie Genevard, Vice President of the National Assembly, France

Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany

Othmar Karas, Vice President of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Antonio Tajani, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs, EPP, Italy

Emanuelis Zingeris, Chair, Seimas' Subcommittee on Transatlantic Relations and Democratic Development, TS-LKD, Lithuania

Nicu Fălcoi, Chair of the Senate's Commission on Constitutionality, USR, Romania

Michał Szczerba, Chair of the Sejm's Polish-Israeli Friendship Group, Civic Platform, Poland

James Bezan, Vice-Chair of the House of Commons' Standing Committee on National Defence, Conservative Party, Canada

Žygimantas Pavilionis, Deputy Chair of the Seimas' Committee on European Affairs, TS-LKD, Lithuania

Dr. Ágnes Vadai, Vice-Chair of the National Assembly's Defense and Law Enforcement Committee, Democratic Coalition, Hungary

Peter Osuský, Vice-Chairman of the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, Freedom and Solidarity, Slovakia

Gatis Eglītis, Deputy Chairman of the Saeima's European Affairs Committee, New Conservative Party, Latvia

Meyer Habib, Vice President of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee, UDI, France

Marlene Farrugia, Member of the Maltese Parliament, Independent

Duarte Marques, Member of the Assembly of the Republic, PSD, Portugal

Andrei Pop, Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, PSD, Romania

Magnus Jacobsson, Member of the Riksdag, Christian Democratic Party (KD)

Mikael Oscarsson, Member of the Riksdag, Christian Democratic Party (KD)

Hampus Hagman, Member of the Riksdag, Christian Democratic Party (KD)

Marta Martín, Spokeswoman for Foreign and EU affairs, Member of the Congress, Ciudadanos, Spain

Peter Östman, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Parliamentary Group, Chair of the Finland-Israeli friendship group, Member of Parliament, Finland

Michał Kamiński, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Member of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs and EU Committee, Polish People’s Party, Poland

Anna Fotyga, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Poland

The Rt Hon the Lord Pickles, Chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel, House of Lords, United Kingdom

The Rt Hon the Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

The Rt Hon. the Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Lord Leigh of Hurley, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Lord Hamilton of Epsom, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

The Rt Hon the Lord Blencathra, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Lord Polak CBE, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Lord Turnberg, House of Lords, Labour, United Kingdom

Lord Tebbit, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Baroness Eaton, House of Lords, Conservative, United Kingdom

Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chairman, House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism

Lois Frankel (D-FL), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Tom Kmiec, Conservative Caucus Chair, House of Commons, Canada

Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP, Chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel, House of Commons, United Kingdom

Steve McCabe, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, House of Commons, United Kingdom

Petr Fiala, Chairman of Civic Democratic Party, Czech Republic

MK Yair Lapid, Head of the Yesh Atid Party, Israel

MK Sharren Haskel, Likud, Israel

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Helmut Brandstätter, Member of the Nationalrat, NEOS, Austria

Martin Engelberg, Member of the Nationalrat, ÖVP, Austria

Petra Bayr, Member of the Nationalrat, SPÖ, Austria

David Stögmüller, Member of the Nationalrat, Greens, Austria

Dr. Rudolf Taschner, Member of the Nationalrat, ÖVP, Austria

Michael Freilich, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, NVA, Belgium

Koen Metsu, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, NVA, Belgium

Philippe Pivin, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, MR, Belgium

Linda Frum, Senator, Conservative Party, Canada

Silviu Vexler, Chair of the Romania-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, Romania

Cathay Wagantall, Member of the House of Commons, Conservative Party, Canada

Davor Ivo Stier, Member of the Parliament, HDZ, Croatia

Pavel Bělobrádek, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, KDU-ČSL, Czech Republic

Vojtěch Munzar, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Jana Černochová, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Stanislav Blaha, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Jaroslav Martinů, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Marek Benda, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Karel Krejza, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Petr Beitl, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Martin Kupka, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Pavel Žáček, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Martin Baxa, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ODS, Czech Republic

Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of the Riigikogu, Reform Party, Estonia

Antero Laukkanen, Member of the Parliament, Christian Democrats, Finland

Päivi Räsänen, Member of the Parliament, Christian Democrats, Finland

Wille Rydman, Member of the Parliament, National Coalition Party, Finland

Pierre-Henri Dumont, Member of the National Assembly, LR, France

Constance Le Grip, Member of the National Assembly, LR, France

Adrien Morenas, Member of the National Assembly, LREM, France

Jean-Michel Mis, Member of the National Assembly, LREM, France

Stephan Albani, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Veronika Bellmann, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Chrisoph Bernstiel, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Sandra Bubendorfer-Licht, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Karl-Heinz Brunner, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Germany

Dr. Marco Buschmann, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Dr. Jens Brandenburg, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Gitta Connemann, Member of the Bundestag, Vice Chair of CDU/CSU Group in German Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Bijan Djir-Sarai, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Marcus Faber, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Fritz Felgentreu, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Germany

Mark Hauptmann, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Dr. Gero Hocker, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Pascal Kober, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Frank Müller-Rosentritt, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Michael Link, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Oliver Luksic, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Gisela Manderla, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Dietmar Nietan, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Germany

Cem Özdemir, Member of the Bundestag, Greens, Germany

Sven-Christian Kindler, Member of the Bundestag, Greens, Germany

Martin Patzelt, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Stephan Pilsinger, Member of the Bundestag, CSU, Germany

Maik Beermann, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Benjamin Strasser, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany

Michael Thews, Member of the Bundestaf, SPD, Germany

Christoph de Vries, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Marian Wendt, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany

Konstantinos Karagkounis, Member of the Parliament, ND, Greece

Olga Kefalogianni, Member of the Parliament, ND, Greece

Gergely Arató, Member of the National Assembly, Democratic Coalition, Hungary

Ágnes Kunhalmi, Member of the National Assembly, Hungarian Socialist Party, Hungary

Péter Ungár, Member of the National Assembly, Hungary's Green Party, Hungary

Sándor Székely, Member of the National Assembly, Independent, Hungary

Dr. Tamás Harangozó, Member of the National Assembly, Hungarian Socialist Party, Hungary

Lucio Malan, Senator, Forza Italia, Italy

Sharren Haskel, Member of the Knesset, Likud, Israel

Avigdor Lieberman, Head of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Israel

Merav Michaeli, Member of the Knesset, Labour, Israel

Avi Dichter, Member of the Knesset, Likud, Israel

Dr. Eugenijus Gentvilas, Member of Seimas, Liberal Movement, Lithuania

Rūta Miliūtė, Member of the Seimas, Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union Political Group, Lithuania

Kees van der Staaij, Member of the House of Representatives, SGP, the Netherlands

Karel Rais, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, ANO2011, Czech Republic

Grzegorz Schetyna, Member of the Sejm, Civic Platform, Poland

Pavel Popescu, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Vice Chair of the National Liberal Party Group (PNL), Romania

Mojca Škrinjar, Member of the National Assembly, SDS, Slovenia

Teresa Jiménez-Becerril, Member of the Congress, Partido Popular, Spain

Miguel Ángel Castellón, Member of the Congress, Partido Popular, Spain

Melisa Rodríguez, Member of the Congress, Ciudadanos, Spain

Susana Beltrán, Member of the Congress, Ciudadanos, Spain

Daniel Jositsch, Member of the Council of States, SDP, Switzerland

Rosie Cooper, Member of the House of Commons, Labour, United Kingdom

John Howell, Member of the House of Commons, Conservative, United Kingdom

Nicola Richards, Member of the House of Commons, Conservative, United Kingdom

Attila Ara-Kovacs, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Hungary

Alexander Bernhuber, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Carlo Calenda, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Italy

Kinga Gál, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Hungary

Ilana Cicurel, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, France

Salvatore De Meo, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Italy

Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany

Stefan-Heinrich Berger, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany

Monika Hohlmeier, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany

Niclas Herbst, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany

Daniel Caspary, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany

Marion Walsmann, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany

Dr. Andrey Kovatchev, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Bulgaria

Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Lithuania

Søren Gade, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Denmark

Moritz Körner, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany

Arba Kokalari, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Sweden

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Bulgaria

Sergey Lagodinsky, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA, Germany

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA, Germany

David Lega, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Sweden

Sara Skyttedal, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Sweden

Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain

Dolors Montserrat, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain

Leopoldo López Gil, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain

Fulvio Martusciello, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Italy

Ljudmila Novak, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia

Pina Picierno, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Italy

Frédérique Ries, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Belgium

Bert-Jan Ruissen, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Netherlands

Christian Sagartz, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Simone Schmiedtbauer, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Radosław Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Poland

Michaela Šojdrová, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Czech Republic

Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovakia

Ramona-Victoria Strugariu, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Romania

Barbara Thaler, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Dragos Tudorache, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Romania

Dr. István Ujhelyi, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Hungary

Inese Vaidere, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Latvia

Veronika Vrecionova, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Czech Republic

Angelika Winzig, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria

Jan Zahradil, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Czech Republic

Tomáš Zdechovský, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Czech Republic

Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain

Milan Zver, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia

Romana Tomc, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia

José Ramón Bauzà Díaz, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Spain

Miriam Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovakia

Rasa Juknevičienė, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Lithuania

Javier Zarzalejos, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain

Željana Zovko, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Croatia

Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia

 

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