Switzerland Considering Banning Hezbollah

Following its neighbor , is now considering banning members from entry, following an investigative report on the activities of the party in .

Member of the National Council of and president of the Christian Democrats (CVP), Gerhard Pfister, named the -backed party as “the best-armed terrorist organization in the world” that could also be a threat to European states.

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Earlier in June, a campaign was launched by Swiss politician Marianne Binder-Kellera of the Christian Democratic People’s Party to investigate whether or not the militia is active in .

Now, the Federal Council of has agreed to review the “Report on the activities of in ” and make a decision whether or not they are legitimate.

The Swiss report states that the banned in 2013 the military branch of that engaged in terrorist activities, and that “it is not known which activities is developing in Switzerland.”

“In view of the neutrality of Switzerland, however, the activities of cannot be legitimized and a report is also advisable for reasons of security policy,” the report says.

According to The National, German MP Bijan Djir-Sarai, backed up by numerous lawmakers, is reiterating its call to the E.U “to ban the -backed militia Hezbollah following the devastating explosion in .”

“The explosion drew attention to the role of foreign, non-state actors within the fragile fabric of ,” Djir-Sarai, who grew up in , wrote in the German newspaper Die Welt, stating that it would be a mistake to “leave to its fate, its failure.”

“It is well known that both the port of and the airport are under the control of the Tehran-controlled Shiite Hezbollah militia,” he added, stressing that the organization “has a firm grip on” .

From its side, the ’s ban of Hezbollah has so far differentiated between the party’s military and political wings.

However, earlier in July, “236 lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic,” signed a declaration that the EU’s ban of Hezbollah “was not enough, and the distinction between the political and military arms is ‘false,'” reported Politico News.

Countries like the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and Lithuania have already banned Hezbollah’s members from entering their premises and, most likely, Switzerland seems to be heading towards taking the same decision.

Switzerland banning of Hezbollah would include the seizure and freezing of their bank assets in Swiss territory and forbidding the party’s symbols to be displayed in public spaces and in propaganda films and documents.


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