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Iran Threatens Germany with ‘Consequences’ for Banning Hezbollah Terrorist Group

Iran Threatens Germany with ‘Consequences’ for Banning Hezbollah Terrorist Group

Iranian Foreign Ministry: “German government must face the negative consequences” for banning Hezbollah.

The Iranian regime has threatened Germany with “negative consequences” after Berlin banned Shia Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah from operating on its soil. German police raided several Hezbollah-linked mosques across the country and moved to freeze funds of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist outfit.

Angered by Germany’s anti-terrorism operation against Hezbollah, Tehran issued a thinly-veiled threat on Saturday. “The German government must face the negative consequences of its decision in the fight against real terrorist groups in the region,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned.

While Hezbollah has been banned by the United States, Britain, and Israel. Germany, along with France and other European countries, had allowed the terrorist group to operate under the garb of its ‘political’ wing. According to the German domestic intelligence agency (BfV), more than one thousand Hezbollah operatives are currently active in the country, often using German mosques to recruit and raise funds.

German weekly Der Spiegel reported Tehran’s threats on Friday:

Iran has responded to the ban on Hezbollah activities by [German] Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the ban in “sharpest terms.” This [ban] displays a “complete disrespect towards the government and the people of Lebanon,” it claimed. […]

The regime in Tehran warned the [German] government of consequences. Hezbollah is closely linked to the Iranian leadership. “The German government must face the negative consequences of its decision in the fight against real terrorist groups in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry declared. The ban disregards the “realities in West Asia” and is based solely on goals of the “propaganda machine of the Zionists and America’s confused regime,” [Iran claimed].

Tehran accused the [German] government of giving into the pressure put by the United States and Israel over the years: Both the Israeli government and Washington have designated Hezbollah as a “terrorist” organization.

With the ban in place, its supporters cannot wave the yellow flag of Hezbollah, which shows a fist holding an assault rifle. The symbols of Hezbollah’s youth movement have also been banned in Germany. The funds of the group are to be confiscated. [Translated by the author]

Germany’s decision means a major disruption for Hezbollah’s global financial network. The terrorist group has been using the country for its international money laundering operations. In a September 2019 op-ed, U.S. Ambassador to Berlin Richard Grenell described Germany as ‘Eldorado’ for Hezbollah’s terrorism financing network.

The ban also means a setback for Islamist mobilization by Hezbollah and Iran on German soil. Hezbollah operates through mosques and Islamic associations with links to the Iranian regime. Thursday’s move gives German law enforcement legal basis for clamping down on Hezbollah events. The ban makes it “prohibited to use or display symbols and to organize and participate in assemblies; assets are confiscated and forfeited. Violations of bans on organizations and activities are equally punishable,” a statement by German Interior Ministry explained.

Hours after German Interior Ministry blacklisted Hezbollah activities, the State of Berlin announced the cancellation of this year’s al-Quds march, an antisemitic and anti-Israel event which drew 1200 Islamists in 2019. The office of the Berlin Senator of the Interior (Berlin states’s department of interior affairs), welcomed the news on Thursday, describing the march as “one of the most disgusting antisemitic events,” and its cancellation as a “good news for Berlin.” The annual march, initiated by the Iranian regime forty years ago, is held in North America, Europe, and parts of the Muslim world, and calls for the destruction of Israel.

Letting Hezbollah operate freely under the guise of its ‘political’ wing, Germany has allowed the terrorist group to create an extensive infrastructure managing its propaganda, recruitment, and terrorism financing. The ban cripples Hezbollah’s ability to carry out its activities in the open. But to rid Germany of this terrorist group, German law enforcement will have to dismantle Hezbollah-linked mosques and go after its ring leaders.

Raw footage: German police raids Hezbollah-linked mosques

[Cover image via YouTube] [Excerpt from German media reports translated by the author]


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Proof that, for once, the Germans got it right.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to irv. | May 2, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Iranian agents were crapping all over Germany, Germany finally figured out that removing the source of crap was much better than running around cleaning it up.

I would just hunt down every Iranian Islamic government official and kill them.

Or just nuke the damn place. Why the free west puts up with terror states is a mystery I’ll never understand.

    Whitewall in reply to Barry. | May 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    The West has been trying to commit suicide for decades.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Barry. | May 2, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I don’t think Germany has weapons suitable to destroy Iran’s power grid. But I bet we could sell them a few, all they have to do is give us money and coordinates.

    I think that if we took out all of Iran’s water reservoirs, dams and their high tension grid, that they would be much less trouble.

      Germany has a lot of fat soldiers. They can drop them like bombs.

      40% of German soldiers too fat:

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      For some reason, the last few weeks have been bringing back the long ago days of when I wrote under another name for professional defense publications. In those days, I knew people who were . . . active in the field and we would discuss world affairs. In writing and by mail mind you, because this before the internet [I was writing on a Coleco ADAM]. I threw together about 50 pages or so discussing such vulnerablilities in Iran and later extended the discussion to Iraq; and the implications in some detail for the region. I was told by those people, in a friendly fashion, that I was not a nice person. Effective, but not nice.

      The same lessons still hold, and the same effect on any large urban populations who are dependent on an infrastructure they do not physically control for food, water, power, and fuel also hold even if other means are used than what I believe JusticeDelivered is discussing.

      Subotai Bahadur

        “…that I was not a nice person.”

        A universal sentiment expressed towards anyone that wishes to solve the problem without wasting American lives.

        The truth is, solutions exist that do not require American boots on the ground in some WW2 reminiscent conflict. I say use them, and that makes us nice people to our countrymen.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Barry. | May 3, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    You mean… Germany should have a Final Solution to the Muslim Question?

Iran’s world just got a little smaller.

Group believed to be terrorist is banned and the response is to un-ban them or face terrorism???

Why doesn’t someone authorize a smart bomb directed right in that Ayatollah’s shitter when he’s taking a crap? I’m getting sick of seeing that son of a whore with his goddam black turban squished down on his head so far it makes his ears stick out. He has an extremely punch-able face.

“more than one thousand Hezbollah operatives are currently active in the country”

And the potential members number in the tens or hundreds of thousands. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

OH Deplorable | May 2, 2020 at 9:51 pm

Isn’t it about time for him to have a date with the 72 virgins?

Iran is taking all the gold out of Venezuela.
Reduce Iran to Venezuela and let them eat gold!