Washington, D.C.- Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik supported the passage of Congressman Brad Schneider’s (D-IL) resolution, H. Res. 599, urging the European Union (EU) to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
“The radical Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah continues to openly operate within Europe using EU countries as its launching pad for its criminal and terrorist activities. Despite the EU’s clear counterrorism objections, the EU only designates Hezbollah’s military, not its political party, on the sanctioned terrorist organizations list,” stated Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “I am proud to support this resolution urging the EU to take immediate action to ensure that Hezbollah is cut off from critical funding sources that allow it to carry out attacks against Israel.”
The EU already designates Hezbollah’s military as a terrorist organization, but has not taken any action to extend that classification to Hezbollah’s political wing which influences its military operations. Hezbollah continues to use parts of Europe as a launching pad for terrorist activities, including against our ally Israel. Classifying the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization is crucial to stripping the Iran-backed group of funding for its terrorist activities.