Fact Check: Is Germany Going to Ban Hezbollah?

The mainstream media has been circulating that ’s Interior, Justice, and Foreign Ministries had agreed “to move towards outlawing -backed ,” according to Der Spiegel magazine, which also reported that the decision is to be announced next week at the meeting of the German interior ministers.

 

Claim: is set to ban in its entirety from the country, not just their military wing but also political, media, etc.

Verdict: Steve Alter, a spokesman of the German Interior Ministry, has just refuted the allegation carried by media reports, denying “that an outright ban of by was on the cards.” He  went on clarifying afterward on Twitter that a possible ban on ’s activities in “cannot be confirmed.”

Via BMI Bund

 

Context:

Europe has generally taken a moderate approach towards ’s presence in the continent. Most states, including , consider that only the military arm of Hezbollah is a terrorist group.

The French government, for example, has only banned the military, arguing that “distinguishing between its political and military arms helps foster dialogue with Hezbollah and, ultimately, prompt it to alter its policies,” according to DW News.

Via Reuters

 

From her side, Germany’s chancellor Merkel stated a while back that Hezbollah is a legitimate part of ’s government, and “recognizing it is necessary for political engagement with the Middle Eastern country.”

In Europe, only the UK and the Netherlands have classified the entire group as a terrorist organization; all while the pressures the to ban the whole group, not just its military arm.

Via The Times

 

Two months earlier, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell reportedly renewed pressure on Germany to ban Hezbollah, which his country has classified as a terrorist organization. 

Via New English Review

As per the German security services, Hezbollah’s operatives in Germany are estimated at 1,500 members, raising funds and recruiting in the federal republic, and with about 30 mosques and cultural centers tied to the party.  Worth mentioning that the German Shiias originate mostly from , and they constitute only 7% of the German Muslims which, in turn, constitute the largest minority. 

 

Via Fox News / Getty

According to Merkel, is an ally that she refuses to consider as a “pariah” regarding that is the largest trading partner in Europe at $3.2 Billion, as of September 2019.

Listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization could compromise that trade relationship, due to its “connection” to


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