Germany has outlawed all activity by Lebanon’s Islamist Hezbollah movement, a ban that previously applied only to its military arm. The restriction now also includes the political wing of the Iran-backed group, which is already banned completely from several other European countries as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer updated his country’s policy after finding the Shia Lebanese group responsible for “a multitude of attacks resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries worldwide.” Hezbollah purportedly has perpetrated numerous attacks against Israel, the United States, and various Jewish figures and institutions.
Germany’s revised ban will empower authorities to halt anti-Israel marches and the use of anti-semitic slogans. Police there already have raided four mosques and centers associated with the group. Israel praised the move, with Foreign Minister Israel Katz hailing it as a “valuable and significant step… against terrorism.”