Austrian Parliament Unanimously Calls for Outlawing Hezbollah

The resolution calls on the country's government to ban the terrorist group and urge the EU to follow suit 

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Photo: AP 

The Austrian parliament on May 29 unanimously passed a resolution calling on the country's government to take action against the Hezbollah terrorist organization.  

The resolution calls for "appropriate and effective measures to act decisively against the terrorist and criminal activities of Hezbollah and its supporters in Austria."

It also called on the administration of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to urge the European Union  to designate all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The parliamentarians who submitted the resolution emphasized Austria’s responsibility toward Israel, saying "the right of Israel to exist may not be called into question."

"Hezbollah wants to destroy Israel and propagates antisemitism and spreads radical Islamic ideology," said MPs Reinhold Lopatka and Michaela Steinacker from the conservative Austrian People’s Party, a partner in the coalition government.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi praised the move on May 31, saying in a Twitter post that "This is a significant decision against Hezbollah, and I hope that the Austrian government adopts the parliamentary decision and joins the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands who recognized Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror organization."

In April, Germany designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and outlawed all of its activities. The Netherlands and the UK have also banned the group. 

 

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