Yesterday, the United Kingdom declared a new national policy — its hitherto attempted distinction between the Lebanese Shiite supremacist group Hezbollah’s “militant” and “political” wings would be no more, and instead, all of Hezbollah would henceforth be recognized as a terrorist organization. Reuters reported yesterday:
Britain said on Monday it plans to ban all wings of Hezbollah due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East, classing the Lebanese Islamist movement as a terrorist organization.
London had already proscribed Hezbollah’s external security unit and its military wing in 2001 and 2008 respectively, but now wants to outlaw its political arm too. …
“Hezbollah is continuing in its attempts to destabilize 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,” British Home Secretary (interior minister) Sajid Javid said.
“Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety,” he added in a statement.
Jeremy Corbyn, the barely veiled anti-Semite who heads Britain’s increasingly far-Left Labour Party and has referred to jihadist groups Hamas and Hezbollah alike as his “friends,” has now responded as one might expect a “friend” of Hezbollah to respond. The Jewish Chronicle reports today on the imbroglio:
Jeremy Corbyn has given Labour MPs the green-light to avoid voting in support of banning on the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, whom he infamously once referred to as “friends.”
In a move that immediately infuriated many party MPs, the Labour leader issued a one-line whip for the rest of Tuesday’s business in the Commons — meaning they did not have to turn up to vote on the order proscribing Hezbollah in its entirety.
Such open terror apologia is not new for Corbyn. As The Jerusalem Post reported last year, Corbyn in 2014 was photographed laying a commemorative wreath in Munich for the graves of 11 Islamic jihadists who brutally murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics held in the Bavarian city.
The Jewish Chronicle continues:
Labour later issued a statement, saying the Home Office had not provided “sufficient” evidence for the ban, saying Mr. Javid should show it was brought about by “clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions.”
A spokesperson said: “The Home Office has previously ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that the political wing of Hezbollah fell foul of proscription criteria, a position confirmed by ministers in the House of Commons last year. Ministers have not yet provided any clear evidence to suggest this has changed.”
British Jewish organizations, already under siege by rising anti-Semitism in the country, have welcomed the new national policy. Joan Ryan, whom The Jewish Chronicle describes as chair of the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), said: “The government’s decision to finally proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety is a huge victory for LFI’s long-running campaign against this antisemitic terror group. … This change of heart by the government is the right decision and sends a clear message that there will be no hiding place in Britain for antisemites who seek Israel’s destruction.”
Corbyn’s message to Labour comes on the same day that former British Prime Minister and erstwhile centrist Labour stalwart Tony Blair ripped Corbyn’s failure to tackle Labour’s ongoing anti-Semitic scandals.
“What has happened with the British Labour Party is that a strain of the far-left has taken over in circumstances where, when I was leader, these people were very much on the fringes of the Labour Party,” Blair said. “Now, the new leadership has really brought them in.”