Australia puts Hezbollah in terrorist list

15:29, 24 November 2021
Australia puts Hezbollah in terrorist list

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has been declared a terrorist organization in Australia along with the neo-Nazi organization the Base, 7News reported on Wednesday. 

The country's Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said that the Australian government will be able to bring criminal charges against members of these groups. The Base has also been outlawed in the UK and Canada.

“The Government has zero-tolerance for violence, and there is no cause – religious or ideological – that can justify killing innocent people,” Andrews said in a statement.

Anyone who tries to fund Hezbollah from Australia will be prosecuted, the minister added.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked the Australian government for recognizing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

“We will continue to act in all possible ways against terrorism, including in the international arena," Bennett said.

In total, 26 radical groups are banned in Australia as terror organizations.

"As a government, we reject extremism in any form," said Andrews.

Last month, Saudi Arabia classified the Al-Qard Al-Hassan movement as a “terrorist” entity, citing links to activities supporting Hezbollah.

German Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer has banned the activities of Hezbollah's militarized Lebanese Shiite organization in Germany back in 2020.