While the United Nations, Israel and the US are proposing plans to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Iran is pledging to continue its financial and military aid to Palestinian terror groups.
Iran’s meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians is not new. The Iranians have long been providing Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups with money and weapons. Were it not for Iran’s support, the two groups, which do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, would not have been able to remain in power in the coastal enclave.
After weeks of shuttle diplomacy allegedly carried out by Russia and Israel, Iranian forces and allied militias — including the so-called “military wing” of the Lebanon-based organization Hezbollah, all of which has been designated as a terrorist group by the US — reportedly began to withdraw from parts of southern Syria, near Israel’s border. According to other reports, however, many Hezbollah fighters, disguised as members of the Syrian army, have simply remained on their bases to escape being targeted by the Israel Air Force. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel’s air force has carried out sporadic strikes against Iranian and Hezbollah bases and convoys across its neighbor on the north. After more than seven years of fighting alongside the Assad regime in Syria, the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is highly unlikely to make an easy exit from the war-torn territory, no matter what supposed agreements are reached or promises made.
An Islamic community center in northern Germany has been uncovered as a fundraising hub for Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, a German intelligence report reviewed by the Jerusalem Post on Thursday is claiming.
The report, released earlier in June by an intelligence agency operating out of Bremen, Germany, stated that “the Al-Mustafa Community center supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, especially by collecting donations.”
Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror group and political party, said Saturday that Facebook and Twitter abruptly deactivated their accounts and blocked the organization from future usage.
In a statement posted to the encrypted messaging application Telegram, Hezbollah claimed their account closures were “part of the propaganda campaign against the resistance due to the important role of the organization’s information apparatus in various arenas.”
Once again, Hezbollah flags flew in London last weekend at the Iran-supporting “Al Quds” march in Britain’s capital city…writes Melanie Phillips/JNS.
Hezbollah, the proxy army of the Iranian regime, is responsible for numerous murderous attacks around the world against Jews, Americans and other Western interests.
No matter. The march—an annual London fixture, no less—featured calls for Israel to be wiped from the map, and was led by a man who previously made the deranged claim that “Zionists” were behind an appalling London apartment block fire last year in which more than 70 people died.
Hezbollah flags flew in central London as supporters were locked in a noisy standoff with counter-protesters.
Pro-Palestine protesters chanted “free free Palestine” beneath the yellow flag which is adorned with a gun, yards from the Saudi Embassy in the annual Al Quds Day rally.
A line-up of uniformed police formed a guard between them and the building. Security was very visible.
The political makeup of Lebanon’s Parliament has been reshaped after the country held its first elections in almost a decade Sunday with Hezbollah solidifying its presence in legislation.
Despite official results not being released, most political parties have publicised their victories and for which seats. Hezbollah and its Shiite ally, Amal Movement, took 16 and 13 seats respectively giving the duo 29 seats in Parliament without traditional Christian allies, Free Patriotic Movement and Marada Movement.
Jihad Mughniyah is buried under the same black marble slab as his father, Imad Mughniyah, the legendary Hezbollah military commander, at a special cemetery created by the Lebanese militia for its “martyrs” in Syria. Life-size posters of both men, dressed in fatigues, stand above it. During a recent trip to Beirut, I counted the number of the graves in the cemetery, a barometer of the price Hezbollah is paying to prop up Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad. Mughniyah’s grave also reflects the impact of Israel’s quiet but escalating campaign to challenge Hezbollah and Iran in Syria. The younger Mughniyah was a rising Hezbollah star mentored by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards after his father’s death. In 2015, he was killed, in an Israeli airstrike on Syria, along with five other Hezbollah fighters and a general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as their convoy neared the village of Quneitra, in the Golan Heights.
With the Iranian people taking part in widespread demonstrations throughout the country, many of their grievances have been focused on the immense cost of foreign wars to the Iranian economy. Much of the cost stems from a vast amount of funds being channelled into the coffers of both Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad’s war machine.
This cash is blown on funding the formers proxy war effort in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as paying for its war against Israel, and the upkeep of its infrastructure within Lebanon. While for the latter, it comes in the form of propping up a vile dictator’s beleaguered regime in a bid to save him from annihilation, while back home the Iranian people pay the price through deprivation.
Iran’s activities in Latin America are a direct challenge to U.S. primacy in the Western Hemisphere. Iran, it seems, wants to replace the U.S. as the power ally of Latin American countries.
While Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and expansionist policies in the Middle East are well known, most of the Islamic Republic’s operations in Latin America appear to have been proceeding underway, below the radar, for several decades.
Not to be outdone, Canada allows Hezbollah supporters to march in the streets of our cities. This photo was taken at Queen’s Park.
Following a series of social-media postings commemorating the recent death of a Hizballah operative in Syria, Emanuele Ottolenghi finds evidence of its activities in South America’s tri-border area where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. This region, with its weak border control and law enforcement, has a sizable population of south Lebanese origin, among whom are many Hizballah operatives involved in money laundering, drug running, and other activities that finance the terrorist group. Ottolenghi explains why the Hizballah favors the area…
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is worried that an all-out war between Hezbollah and Israel may soon engulf the Middle East, even though neither party wants to fight. “Sometimes a spark is enough to unleash this kind of conflict,” Guterres warned on Sunday. But how, exactly? Ben Hubbard, Isabel Kershner and Anne Barnard of The New York Times were quick to echo and explain. “[T]he more entrenched Iran’s allies become, the greater the pressure Israeli leaders could face to launch a strike—and the greater the chances that a miscalculation or mistake by either side could provoke new hostilities,” they reasoned.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday warned Hezbollah that Lebanon would go back to “the Stone Age” and maybe even to “the age of cavemen” if it turned into an Iranian factory of precision-guided weapons.
Due to its unique geopolitical history, Lebanon has long been viewed as one of the most Westernized countries in the Arab world. But the rising political power of the Hezbollah terror group is leading to radicalization there, as well as to increased Lebanese efforts to thwart normalization between Israelis and Arabs.