Poland, Czech Republic Balk on Blacklisting Hizbullah

(JTA) - Poland and the Czech Republic expressed "reservations" about blacklisting Hezbollah at a discussion in Brussels earlier this month. Both Poland and the Czech Republic are considered more supportive of Israel than Western European nations that supported blacklisting Hizbullah, the source said. Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France support blacklisting Hizbullah, the source said. The positions were expressed at a June 4 meeting to discuss Europe's response to claims that Hezbollah was behind a July bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The meeting was intended to initiate a European Union effort to blacklist Hizbullah's military wing. Though Hizbullah is classified as a terrorist entity in Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in Europe only the Netherlands deems it so. Britain considers only the group's military wing to be terrorist. Counter-terrorism experts say the European position has enabled Hizbullah to use the continent to launder moneys and raise funds.

2013-06-14 00:00:00

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