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Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the proposed proscription of the military wing at Hezbollah, including the Jihad Council and all units reporting to it, including the Hezbollah External Security Organisation, which elements proposed for proscription are not covered by the existing proscription; and what assessment she has carried out of the differences between the level of threat under (a) the existing and (b) the proposed proscriptions. (219388)

The Hezbollah External Security Organisation, a unit of Hezbollah’s military wing, was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK in February 2001 because of its involvement in terrorism outside of Lebanon. No other part of Hezbollah was proscribed at that time.

We now have evidence that further parts of the military wing are directly concerned in terrorism, including providing support for Shia militant groups in Iraq who have been responsible for attacks both on Iraqi civilians and coalition forces, and for Palestinian rejectionist groups in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2008 therefore proscribes the entirety of Hezbollah’s military wing in addition to the External Security Organisation.