update deskU.S. News

Congress members call on EU to deem Hezbollah a terror group

“It’s past time that the European Union fully designate it” as such, said Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen.

Hezbollah flags during a funeral salute. Credit: Crop Media/Shutterstock.
Hezbollah flags during a funeral salute. Credit: Crop Media/Shutterstock.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced a resolution on July 18 “urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.”

The resolution “coincides with the 11th anniversary of Hezbollah’s deadly assault in Bulgaria, where a bus carrying Israeli youths was targeted, resulting in the loss of six lives, including the Bulgarian bus driver, and leaving dozens of others injured,” said Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.).

Schneider co-sponsored the resolution with Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.).

“Hezbollah continues utilizing Europe as a base to initiate its criminal and extremist terrorist,” Schneider said. “However, while the E.U. designates Hezbollah’s military branch as a sanctioned terrorist organization, its political wing remains excluded from the list.”

Rosen stated that “it’s clear that there is no distinction between Hezbollah’s political and military wings when it comes to its terror activities, and it’s past time that the European Union fully designate it as a terrorist organization.”

The two surviving suspects in a 2012 suicide bombing in Bulgaria remain at large. Meliad Farah, 35, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 28, received life sentences in absentia in 2018.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates