Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s diplomatic push last week in Brussels to convince the EU to designate the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group as a terror entity was met with robust resistance.
sought to inject new life into the drive to outlaw Hezbollah because of
the murders of five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver on July 18.
Israeli and US intelligence agencies believe Hezbollah carried out the
suicide bombing at Bulgaria's Burgas airport.
Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country heads the 26-member EU
presidency, said there is “no consensus among the EU member states for
putting Hezbollah on the terrorist list of the organization,” and
claimed there is “no tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of
Counter-terrorism blogs and experts on both sides of
the Atlantic were immediately awash with reactions that quickly mounted
overwhelming evidence to refute Kozakou-Marcoullis’s contentions.
Campbell, a research fellow at the Institute for Middle Eastern
Democracy in the United Kingdom, and author of a report in late June on
the EU “Helping Hezbollah,” told The Jerusalem Post on Friday, “Within
just days of the Burgas bombing – almost undoubtedly perpetrated by
Hezbollah – the Presidency of the EU Council explicitly ruled out the
possibility of listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, insisting
that there is no ‘tangible evidence’ to link Hezbollah to terrorism.
This ludicrous statement was made despite an earlier resolution adopted
by the European Parliament, which cites ‘clear evidence’ of terrorist
acts committed by Hezbollah. On this issue, as in so many others,
Brussels appears to have its head buried firmly in the sand.”
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Sunday, 29 July 2012
Monday, 16 July 2012
Morten Messerschmidt – a Danish MEP and one of the 34 members of the UKIP-led Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament – has demanded answers from the European Commission following the revelation that the EU is funding a Lithuanian neo-Nazi youth group, to which Friends of Israel in UKIP drew attention in May. Below is Mr Messerschmidt’s written question, submitted on 6 July:
Recently the neo-Nazi Lithuanian youth group the Union of Lithuanian Nationalist Youth (UNLY), which was behind a neo-Nazi march on 11 March 2012 in Vilnius, was admitted without demur into the umbrella organisation the Lithuanian Council of Youth Organisations (LCYO) which receives support both from the Lithuanian Government and from the EU. The LCYO is the largest youth organisation in Lithuania and comprises 64 groups with over 200 000 members.
Does the Commission agree that ULNY is a neo-Nazi organisation, and that as such it is incompatible with the EU’s founding principles?
Can the Commission state how much the LCYO – including UNLY – receives in aid from the EU?
Does the Commission propose to criticise the admission of UNLY as a member of the LCYO, and state clearly that organisations such as UNLY are incompatible with the EU’s founding principles?
In the light of the above, does the Commission propose to withdraw EU support from the LCYO until UNLY is expelled from the organisation?
Friday, 6 July 2012
Day by day, minute by minute, speech by speech and word by word, the United Kingdom Independence Party looks and sounds increasingly like the Conservative Party in exile.