ADL Reiterates Call to European Commission on Designating Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization

New York, NY October 12, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the European Commission to act now and designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, following the news of an Iranian-made drone that entered Israeli airspace earlier this week.

"This incident represents an alarming escalation of belligerent anti-Israel activity by Hezbollah, and a reflection of Iran's growing reach," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The distinction between Hezbollah's terrorist arm and its political activities is an unsupportable fiction."

In an October 11th press conference, Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah proudly announced that Hezbollah had sent an Iranian-made drone 35 miles inside Israeli territory, apparently on a reconnaissance mission. Nasrallah brazenly threatened future "surprises" and ominously warned that "this operation is not the first and won't be the last."

In a letter to the European Commission, ADL noted that Hezbollah's terrorist pursuits have been well documented for over thirty years. They are responsible for scores of terrorist attacks around the world including the infamous 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most recently, Hezbollah has been implicated in the July 2012 bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, as well as a terrorist plot intercepted days earlier in Cyprus.

"Hezbollah is responsible for direct and unprovoked attacks against Israel, including sending rockets into Israeli civilian population centers and their satellite network, Al-Manar propagates extreme anti-West, anti-American and anti-Israel vitriol around the globe," the letter stated. "The nature of the unceasing operations conducted by this non-state terrorist actor in Europe and throughout the world is clear."

In August 2006, ADL called on the European Commission to add Hezbollah to its terror list.

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