When the Post asked about Hezbollah’s total ban, Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s coordinator for combating anti-Semitism and promoting Jewish life, pitched the question to her superiors in the EU.
Peter Stano, EU Foreign Policy spokesman, told the Post that “Hezbollah’s military wing is already on the EU terrorist list. Any change in the nature and scope of the existing list is for the EU Member States to debate and decide unanimously. “
After Hezbollah agents blew up an Israeli terrorist bus in 2012 in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian Muslim bus driver, the EU simply outlawed Hezbollah’s military wing.
Hezbollah considers its organization to be a unified movement that cannot be divided into military and political parts. The partial ban prompted Hezbollah spokesman Ibrahim Mousawi in 2013 to reiterate what other senior officials in the organization have stated over the years: “Hezbollah is a unique and large organization. We don’t have wings that are separated from each other. “
When asked if the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah’s main sponsor and strategic ally, is an anti-Semitic regime, Stano said that “the EU has been very clear in its condemnation of anti-Semitism in general and of calls for the destruction of Israel by anyone who comes up with such unacceptable calls. “
The Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, testified before the House Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee in 2020 and said at the hearing that Iran’s regime is the main state sponsor of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.
Greenblatt wrote in Newsweek in late June that “Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi played an active role in promoting The Protocols as part of a sustained campaign to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish people.” The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was “a 19th-century forgery by Russian intelligence services … designed to make the Jews a scapegoat for the difficulties of the empire.”
Several reasons why the EU commission will not declare the Islamic Republic an anti-Semitic regime could be explained by attempts not to upset clerical leaders in Tehran to reach an agreement on the nation’s nuclear program.
European Union member countries are also buoyed by Iranian markets and trade deals, including Iran’s vast oil and gas production process.
When asked whether the EU will condemn the Iranian regime’s deadly anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, the spokesperson said: “We do so every time we are faced with such comments, not just in the case of Iran.”
Christian Wigand, Justice Spokesman for the EU Commission, told the Post that “the European Commission reaffirms its firm and unequivocal commitment to the global fight against anti-Semitism. Any form of anti-Semitism, incitement to hatred and violence is unacceptable and incompatible with the values and objectives of the European Union and its Member States. It must be addressed through formal actions, both at European and national level. These principles are not negotiable for Europeans ”.
Hezbollah is widely considered a deeply anti-Semitic terrorist organization due to its terrorism directed at Jews and calls for the elimination of the Jewish state. Germany, Great Britain, the United States, the Netherlands, the Arab League, Japan, Canada, and many other European and Latin American countries have outlawed the entire Hezbollah organization into a terrorist entity.
It is an unusual situation when the commissioner to combat anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, refuses to give her opinion on whether the EU should ban the world’s deadliest anti-Semitic organization.
She told the Post: “Thank you for your response. May I refer you to the reply you received yesterday from the Spokespersons Service of the European Commission (attached). Please forward your future requests to colleagues in charge of press inquiries. “
On October 13, JTA’s Cnaan Liphshiz reported that “the European Union’s plan to fight anti-Semitism” is not serious, “say leaders of the Jewish community.” The article mainly dealt with the lack of religious freedom for Jews outlined in the EU plan.
The plan is titled “EU Strategy to Combat Anti-Semitism and Promote Jewish Life (2021-2030)”. The 26-page document does not cite Hezbollah or the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran’s regime has surveilled Jewish and Israeli individuals and organizations, plotted an assassination, and fuels deadly anti-Semitism across Europe during its annual Al-Quds rallies in the European capital. The al-Quds demonstration promotes the destruction of the Jewish state.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, paid Pakistani man, Haider Syed Mustafa, to carry out the murder of a European Jew and monitor Jewish and Israeli organizations and individuals in Germany. and France.
In 2017, a German court convicted Mustafa of obtaining intelligence on the former director of the German-Israeli Friendship Society and on a French-Israeli professor at an economic university in Paris. Mustafa was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
Mustafa spied on Franco-Israeli business professor David Rouach, who teaches at Paris’s elite Ecole Supérieure de Commerce and served as director of the Franco-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and, according to German authorities, his actions were “a clear indication of an assassination attempt. “
The United States government, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, has ranked the Iranian regime as the worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world.