Selin ATAY-TDO- Switzerland may follow footprint of its neighbor Germany and ban all Hezbollah activities within its territory.
On Wednesday, the Swiss federal council agreed to examine an application titled “Report on the activities of the Shi’ite Islamist Hezbollah in Switzerland.”
The initiative was launched by the Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland and it submitted by party politician Marianne Binder in June.
The language of the anti-Hezbollah legislative initiative reads that “On April 30, 2020, Germany banned all activities of the Shi’ite Islamist Hezbollah. Germany justified the decision with the fact that Hezbollah is calling for armed struggle and rejecting Israel’s right to exist.”
The initiative continues that “The EU previously banned the [military] arm that engaged in terrorist activities. It is not known which activities Hezbollah is developing in Switzerland. In view of the neutrality of Switzerland, however, the activities of Hezbollah cannot be legitimized and a report is also advisable for reasons of security policy.”
A full ban of Hezbollah’s activities in Swiss territory would mean that the Lebanese organization’s symbols would be banned and its bank accounts and assets seized and frozen within the borders of the Switzerland.
Alongside the Germany, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and the Netherlands have banned the entire Hezbollah organization. The European Union merely outlawed Hezbollah’s so-called “military arm” in 2013 and allowed its “political arm” to operate and raise funds and recruit new members for the umbrella Hezbollah movement in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Arab League, Israel, the United States, Canada and many Latin American countries have designated the entire existence of Hezbollah as a terrorist movement.