In summary, Germany unwittingly is supporting Hezbollah because:
1. The Orphans Project Lebanon is part of the “Al-Shahid/Ashahid Association,” part of Hezbollah. This means that donations to Hezbollah are tax deductible in Germany.
2. It is easier to recruit Hezbollah fighters or terrorists because they know that their families will receive funds. In that respect, support for surviving relatives cannot be distinguished from the overall context of the fight against Hezbollah's enemies. Rather, this support is an essential part of a general military and terrorist strategy.
PAST LEGAL MEASURES BY THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR
According to Article 9 Paragraph 2 of the German Basic Law, associations are banned, if their purpose or actions violate criminal law or if they act against the constitutional order or act against the peaceful understanding among nations (Völkerverständigung).” The Act Governing Private Associations (Vereinsgesetz) from 1964 (amended several times since then) gives the Federal Minister of the Interior the power to ban associations which operate nationwide. If an association is operating only within one state, the State Minister of the Interior has jurisdiction. The Göttingen based Orphans Project Lebanon has a branch office in Stuttgart and collects money nationwide.
There are at least two precedents of action being taken by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesministerium des Inneren – BMI) against Hezbollah entities.
Ban on Al-Aqsa e.v. On 31 July 2002, Al-Aqsa e.V., the fundraising association of the Palestinian HAMAS, was outlawed and dissolved. The ban was issued on the basis of § 14 Par. 2 No. 4 and 5 of the Act Governing Private Associations (Vereinsgesetz – VereinsG) as well as VereinsG § 3 Par. 1.
Published on Aug 13, 2009