Transatlantic Declaration on Hezbollah
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Transatlantic Declaration on Hezbollah: Europe Must Ban Hezbollah in its Entirety

We, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic and united across party lines, call on the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

Following the 2012 suicide bombing in Bulgaria that killed six people, the EU banned only Hezbollah’s so-called military wing, stopping short of confronting the terror group with the full force of its sanctions mechanism.

We thus urge the EU to end this false distinction between ‘military’ and ‘political’ arms – a distinction Hezbollah itself dismisses – and ban the entire organization.

Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s most deadly proxy, operates a global terror network that threatens not only its neighbors but also Western democracies. In Germany alone, Hezbollah has over 1,000 members who are free to raise funds. The group’s violent and antisemitic ideology is poisoning the fabric of our pluralistic societies. This is most visibly the case through Hezbollah's annual ‘Quds Day’ marches where calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state echo the darkest chapters of European history.

Founded and funded by Tehran and sustained through organized crime, Hezbollah holds Lebanon hostage to its Iranian revolutionary agenda. Moreover, it spreads violence and terror throughout the entire region. Hezbollah collaborates with the murderous Assad regime and is complicit in horrific war crimes that have killed, maimed and driven out millions of Syrians. The group trains and supplies weapons to Shiite militias in Yemen and Iraq. In violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701, Hezbollah has rearmed to the teeth and remains an independent militia in Lebanon. It abuses its own civilian population as human shields to hide some 150,000 missiles targeting Israeli civilians.

As the examples of the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the UK, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League show, proscribing Hezbollah doesn’t preclude continued political engagement with Beirut.

Banning Hezbollah also won‘t "destabilize" the country, as some falsely claim. The opposite is true. The only chance for real economic and political stability in Lebanon lies in the removal of Hezbollah's stranglehold on the country. The courageous Lebanese protestors taking to the streets against corruption and political violence specifically denounce Hezbollah’s ‘state within a state.’ They deserve our full support. An EU ban against the Iranian proxy will help strengthen these democratic forces.

The European Union, which stands for democracy, human rights, and the rules-based international order, ought to use its power to put Hezbollah on notice. With nothing less than our collective security and the integrity of our democratic values at stake, now is the time to act.

Co-Initiators

  • Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament, Austria, EPP
  • Carmen Avram, Member of the European Parliament, Romania, S&D
  • Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, Member of the European Parliament, Greece, EPP
  • Alexandr Vondra, Member of the European Parliament, Czechia, ECR
  • Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania, Renew Europe
  • Dietmar Köster, Member of the European Parliament, Germany, S&D

Signatories

  • Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, EPP, Germany
  • Witold Waszczykowski, Vice Chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, ECR, Poland
  • Tomáš Zdechovský, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Czech Republic
  • Zbigniew Rau, Chair of the Sejm's Foreign Affairs Committee, Law and Justice, Poland
  • Professor Karol Karski, Quaestor, Member of the Bureau of the European Parliament, ECR, Poland
  • Othmar Karas, Vice President of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany
  • Emanuelis Zingeris, Chair of the Seimas' Subcommittee on Transatlantic Relations and Democratic Development, TS-LKD, Lithuania
  • Žygimantas Pavilionis, Deputy Chair of the Seimas' Committee on European Affairs, TS-LKD, Lithuania
  • Dr. Ágnes Vadai, Vice-Chair of the National Assembly's Defense and Law Enforcement Committee, Democratic Coalition, Hungary
  • Gatis Eglītis, Deputy Chairman of the Saeima's European Affairs Committee, New Conservative Party, Latvia
  • Dr. Karol Karski, Quaestor of the European Parliament, ECR, Poland
  • Meyer Habib, Vice President of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee, UDI, France
  • Ted Deutch, Democrat, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Martin Engelberg, Member of the Nationalrat, ÖVP, Austria
  • Linda Frum, Senator, Conservative Party, Canada
  • Davor Ivo Stier, Member of the Parliament, HDZ, Croatia
  • Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of the Riigikogu, Reform Party, Estonia
  • Constance Le Grip, Member of the National Assembly, LR, France
  • Adrien Morenas, Member of the National Assembly, LREM, France
  • Jean-Michel Mis, Member of the National Assembly, LREM, France 
  • Chrisoph Bernstiel, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany
  • Marco Buschmann, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Frank Müller-Rosentritt, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Christoph de Vries, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany
  • Bijan Djir-Sarai, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Marcus Faber, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Fritz Felgentreu, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Germany
  • Mark Hauptmann, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany
  • Pascal Kober, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Michael Link, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Dietmar Nietan, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Germany
  • Benjamin Strasser, Member of the Bundestag, FDP, Germany
  • Michael Thews, Member of the Bundestaf, SPD, Germany
  • Marian Wendt, Member of the Bundestag, CDU, Germany
  • Konstantinos Karagkounis, Member of the Parliament, ND, Greece
  • Rūta Miliūtė, Member of the Seimas, LVŽS, Lithuania
  • Michael Freilich, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, NVA, Belgium
  • Koen Metsu, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, NVA, Belgium
  • Philippe Pivin, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, MR, Belgium
  • Kees van der Staaij, Member of the House of Representatives, SGP, the Netherlands
  • Pavel Popescu, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, PNL, Romania
  • Mojca Škrinjar, Member of the National Assembly, SDS, Slovenia
  • Miguel Ángel Castellón, Member of the Congress, Partido Popular, Spain
  • John Howell, Member of the House of Commons, Conservative, United Kingdom
  • Nicola Richards, Member of the House of Commons, Conservative, United Kingdom
  • Attila Ara-Kovacs, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Hungary
  • Alexander Bernhuber, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Carlo Calenda, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Italy
  • Ilana Cicurel, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, France
  • Anna Fotyga, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Poland
  • Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany
  • Monika Hohlmeier, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany
  • Niclas Herbst, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany
  • Daniel Caspary, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany
  • Marion Walsmann, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Germany
  • Dr. Andrey Kovatchev, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Bulgaria
  • Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Lithuania
  • Søren Gade, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Denmark
  • Moritz Körner, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Germany
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Bulgaria
  • Sergey Lagodinsky, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA, Germany
  • David Lega, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Sweden
  • Sara Skyttedal, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Sweden
  • Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain
  •  Leopoldo López Gil, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain
  • Fulvio Martusciello, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Italy
  • Ljudmila Novak, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia
  • Pina Picierno, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Italy
  • Frédérique Ries, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Belgium
  • Bert-Jan Ruissen, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Netherlands
  • Christian Sagartz, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Simone Schmiedtbauer, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Radosław Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Poland
  • Michaela Šojdrová, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Czech Republic
  • Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovakia
  • Ramona-Victoria Strugariu, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Romania
  • Barbara Thaler, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Dragos Tudorache, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Romania
  • Inese Vaidere, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Latvia
  • Veronika Vrecionova, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Czech Republic
  • Angelika Winzig, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Austria
  • Jan Zahradil, Member of the European Parliament, ECR, Czech Republic
  • Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain
  • Milan Zver, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia
  • José Ramón Bauzà Díaz, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Spain
  • Miriam Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovakia
  • Rasa Juknevičienė, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Lithuania
  • Javier Zarzalejos, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Spain
  • Željana Zovko, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Croatia
  • Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Slovenia