German Party Head: Ban Hezbollah

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The secretary general of Germany's third largest political party said the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group should be banned.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Dirk Niebel, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) called Hezbollah a "terrorist organization, supported and financed by Iran and also supported by Syria."

Some 30 mosques and Islamic cultural centers in Germany are home to its Hezbollah members, who help support families of Palestinian terrorists in Israel.

The Free Democratic Party, unlike the Christian Democrat and Social Democrat parties, which make up the present government's coalition, has led the battle against Hezbollah in Germany.

In 2007, the FDP sponsored legislation to assess Hezbollah's activities in Germany, but the government responded by insisting there was "no danger from Hezbollah supporters in Germany," though they admitted that "Islamic propaganda can cause or increase a radicalization of the Islamic scene in Germany."

Niebel spent a year as a volunteer on a kibbutz near Kiryat Shmona in the north, where he was first exposed to Hezbollah during the First Lebanon War in 1982.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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