It is also worth noting that Hezbollah rejects the Palestinian–Israeli peace process and has described the PLO and its former chairman Yasser Arafat as traitors to the Palestinian cause. The Palestinians, it argues, do not have the right to make peace at the expense of the Muslim nation.17
Many Western observers are misled by Hezbollah’s political, social and economic commitment. But Professor Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh, the renowned expert on Hezbollah’s ideology and structures, describes it as follows: “Hezbollah is first and foremost a Jihadist movement that uses political means, not a political party that pursues Jihad.”18
ASSESSMENT OF HEZBOLLAH BY SECURITY AUTHORITIES
Hezbollah is classified as a terrorist organisation by the USA, the Netherlands, Canada and Israel. The Netherlands designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation is based on the fact that all relevant decisions, whether they concern the social, political, military or terrorist wings, are made by an executive body, the above-mentioned Shura Council.
Great Britain classifies as terrorist organisations the military wing and the External Security Organisation (ESO), also known as the External Intelligence Service. Australia has also classified the ESO as a terrorist organisation.
Imad Mughniyya, the head of the ESO, was on the EU terror list until his violent death in March 2008. In 2005, the European Parliament passed a resolution recognising “clear evidence of terrorist activities by Hezbollah”. The EU Council was urged to take all necessary measures to end Hezbollah's terrorist activities.19
In the 2007 annual report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Jahresbericht des Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz 2007)20, the Federal Minister of the Interior stated that Hezbollah had 900 members in Germany and that it contravenes “the concept of international understanding” with its “violent strategy”.21
Published on Aug 13, 2009