The British government’s declaration on Monday that it would blacklist all wings of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization was warmly welcomed by Jewish groups in the UK and around the world, as well as by Israeli officials.
In a joint statement, Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, and David Delew, chief executive of the Community Security Trust, said, “The Jewish community, including our organizations and leading community newspapers, have long led the call for this ban.”
“The previously held false distinction, between the ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings, was denied by even the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, who said that, ‘The story of military wing and political wing is the work of the British,’” they added. “This has led to a situation where Hezbollah supporters were free to parade the flags of this antisemitic terrorist organization on the streets of London. Following today’s announcement, we call on all of the relevant authorities to ensure that this will no longer be tolerated.”
“The government, and in particular the home secretary and the foreign secretary, have our thanks for their leadership on this issue and we encourage other countries to follow suit,” they concluded. “We would hope that all political parties would back this measure to secure our community and the rest of the UK from the murderous, antisemitic terrorists of Hezbollah. It is customary for terrorism proscriptions to be supported on a cross-party basis and we call on MPs and peers to back the motions in both Houses of Parliament this week.”