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Congress Members Call on EU to Designate Hezbollah in Entirety a Terror Group

(JNS) A bipartisan group of members in the U.S. House of Representatives initiated a resolution urging the European Union to remove its official distinction between Hezbollah as a political and military organization, and to designate the entire group as a terrorist organization.

According to a news release, the resolution was introduced by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), along with Reps. Kathy Manning (D-N.C.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.). It was co-introduced by Reps. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), French Hill (R-Ark.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and ranking member of the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the United States; however, the European Union splits the group into two branches—a political wing and a military wing. The military wing of Hezbollah is on the E.U.’s list of sanctioned terrorist organizations, but not what it defines as the political wing.

The United States doesn’t recognize this distinction and includes the entire Hezbollah entity on its U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list.

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