Javid ‘will pro­scribe Hezbol­lah’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN PO­LIT­I­CAL EDITOR LAWYER WOULD NOT LET THEM PASS

SA­JID JAVID is a “very dif­fer­ent” Home Sec­re­tary to his pre­de­ces­sor and will move to take steps to pro­scribe Hezbol­lah later this year, a se­nior Con­ser­va­tive source has claimed.

The JC un­der­stands Mr Javid vowed to take “de­ci­sive ac­tion” over the Ira­ni­an­backed group ahead of last week­end’s Al Quds Day march in Lon­don — at which Hezbol­lah flags were again flown.

Hezbol­lah’s mil­i­tary wing was banned as a ter­ror group in Bri­tain in 2008, but a le­gal loop­hole re­lat­ing to its po­lit­i­cal arm — which is not pro­scribed — al­lows sup­port­ers to jus­tify fly­ing the flags at events such as last Sunday’s rally.

The Home Of­fice has the power to ban the po­lit­i­cal wing and en­sure the group is pro­scribed in its en­tirety.

A Tory source told the JC: “Sa­jid is a very dif­fer­ent beast to the Home Sec­re­tary he has just re­placed.

“Am­ber Rudd spoke re­peat­edly about tak­ing ac­tion over Hezbol­lah — but for what­ever rea­son was not able to get around to do­ing any­thing.

“Sa­jid has vowed to take de­ci­sive ac­tion on the mat­ter. He will make this very clear over the forth­com­ing weeks.”

A let­ter sent by Joan Ryan MP, chair of Labour Friends of Is­rael, to Mr Javid af­ter the rally said she was “ap­palled that the gov­ern­ment should once again have al­lowed this Ira­nian-in­spired hate fest to take place on the streets of Lon­don”.

Ms Ryan added: “I fail to un­der­stand why the Home Of­fice has not heeded the re­peated warn­ings raised by LFI MPs and the Mayor of Lon­don over the past year.”

Speak­ing dur­ing a West­min­ster Hall de­bate last week, Phillip Hol­lobone, Con­ser­va­tive MP for Ket­ter­ing, said: “Very dis­tin­guished in­ter­na­tional bod­ies have banned Hezbol­lah out­right, they’ve pro­scribed it as a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion… frankly I think we should join them.

“Hezbol­lah is an Ira­nian cre­ation that sits as the crown jewel in Iran’s re­gional strat­egy of Ji­hadi rev­o­lu­tion­ary war­fare. It is in short the most pow­er­ful armed non-state ac­tor in the world. This is an or­gan­i­sa­tion which po­ten­tially is more lethal than Isis, and it is all backed and funded by Iran.”

A Home Of­fice spokesper­son re­fused to com­ment on whether Mr Javid planned to pro­scribe Hezbol­lah in full.

Sa­jid is a very dif­fer­ent beast to Rudd’

PHOTO: BEN WEICH

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