The British government have finally decided to ban Hezbollah, in its entirety, from the UK.
Today the UK announced finally acting to outlaw the Islamist terror group, with its flag having been flown in London in recent times. Sickening.
Hezbollah flags flying unimpeded outside The Ritz in London yesterday. How do our weak leaders allow this to happen on the streets of Britain? pic.twitter.com/kBwKkjgwRu
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 11, 2018
The group is set to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation in its entirety including their ‘political wing’, along with other groups Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM).
In a statement, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “My priority as Home Secretary is to protect the British people. As part of this, we identify and ban any terrorist organisation which threatens our safety and security, whatever their motivations or ideology which is why I am taking action against several organisations today.
“Hizballah is continuing in its attempts to destabilase the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety.”
He also tweeted that: “Today I’ve announced the banning of three groups – including Hizballah. We will continue to outlaw terrorist organisations that threaten our safety & security.”
And Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said: “We are staunch supporters of a stable and prosperous Lebanon.
“We cannot however be complacent when it comes to terrorism – it is clear the distinction between Hizballah’s military and political wings does not exist, and by proscribing Hizballah in all its forms, the government is sending a clear signal that its destabilising activities in the region are totally unacceptable and detrimental to the UK’s national security.
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“This does not change our ongoing commitment to Lebanon, with whom we have a broad and strong relationship.”
The British public rightly want and expect their government to take the firmest possible action against extremism. This is a welcome development.