Hizbullah Says British Ban is an 'Insult' to Lebanon

W460

Hizbullah on Friday condemned Britain's decision to outlaw its political wing, describing the move as an "insult" to the Lebanese people.

Britain said Monday it would seek to make membership of the group or inviting support for it a crime.

The decision follows outrage last year over the display of the Hizbullah flag, which features a Kalashnikov assault rifle, at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in London.

"The British government has insulted the sentiments and the will of the Lebanese people by adopting this decision," the group said in a statement.

"The Lebanese consider Hizbullah to be a big political and popular force and they have granted it wide representation in parliament and government," it said. 

Beyond Lebanon, the group warned Britain the move would "invite hostility from the people of the region," and would harm its role in the Middle East. 

Hizbullah was established in 1982 during Lebanon's civil war and is now a major political party in the country, holding three cabinet posts.

But British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement on Monday any distinction between its military and political wings "does not exist."

"This (decision) does not change our ongoing commitment to Lebanon, with whom we have a broad and strong relationship," he added.

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said senior British officials had agreed the issue should not "impact on bilateral relationships between Lebanon and Britain."

Bassil, whose Free Patriotic Movement is allied with Hizbullah in government, added it "will not have direct negative consequences on Lebanon because we are already used to this situation with other countries."

The move earned swift praise from the United States and Israel and on Thursday it was hailed by Saudi Arabia.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 01 March 2019, 13:20

Thank-You UK for restoring our honor. It was an overdue move!

Thumb galaxy 01 March 2019, 14:19

Hizbullah Says British Ban is an 'Insult' to Lebanon

It is an honor to every Lebanese that this evil terror group is banned and listed for what it really is. Hezbollah's existence is the real insult to the Lebanese.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 01 March 2019, 14:52

What the guy in this clip is saying is the real insult to to Lebanon, the Lebanese people and to the sentiments and the will of the Lebanese people. This is not the speech of the head of a big political and popular force that some Lebanese have granted wide representation in parliament and government. This is the speech of a little salaried lower management guy that drinks from the Kool Aid fountain of a corrupt corporation and tells everyone it's finer than a rare 50 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is a wage slave who cannot or will not think for himself.

https://vimeo.com/319469876

Missing servant-of-jesus 01 March 2019, 15:03

I thought they did not care about what Britain did. For people who do not care, they are pretty upset...

Thumb whyaskwhy 01 March 2019, 17:12

Exactly SOJ they do care so much it is hurting right now lol.

Thumb shab 01 March 2019, 16:47

Filthy murdering militia

Missing rabiosa 01 March 2019, 17:03

Yo Hizbos, as a shiite and I speak for myself, you have overrun my hometown in the south, everywhere in all the south nothing but fucking giant banners of shaheed this and shaheed that. it is you who are an insult to the shiites of Lebanon first, to the Lebanese in general, to the arab world and the then the rest of the world.