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Hezbollah Operative Convicted in Cyprus

Case will pressure EU to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization

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Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah(Reuters)

The European Union’s long-standing resistance to logic was dealt another blow earlier today when a Cyprus court convicted a Hezbollah operative named Hossam Taleb Yaacoub for plotting to kill Israeli tourists in Cyprus. (Yaacoub was sentenced to four years in prison and retains the right to appeal the case.)

The conviction of Yaacoub may add greater urgency to the EU talks to include Hezbollah in its terror list. EU countries such as Austria and Germany have blocked a listing of Hezbollah because of insufficient legal evidence showing Hezbollah engages in terrorism. The Cyprus conviction represents the first conviction of a Hezbollah member in a European court.

Add this to last month’s implication of Hezbollah in last summer’s bus bombing in Bulgaria, which took the lives of a five Israeli tourists and a Muslim bus driver, mix in President Obama’s call to label the group a terrorist organization last week in Jerusalem, and sprinkle in a declaration by the parliament of Bahrain calling Hezbollah a terrorist organization and you’ve got a movement to call–as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might say–a duck, a duck.

President Obama still gets the style points for his statement last week:

“When I think about Israel’s security, I think about five Israelis who boarded a bus in Bulgaria, who were blown up because of where they came from; robbed of the ability to live and love and raise families. That’s why every country that values justice should call Hezbollah what it truly is: a terrorist organization.”


Cyprus jails Hezbollah man for plotting to kill Israelis [JPost]
Bahrain declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization [ToI]
Hezbollah linked to Burgas bus bombing in Bulgaria [BBC]

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bartmartin says: alquida.talebans,hamas and many other Islamic terrorist groups are branwashed mass murderers. It´s incredible that Europe hasn´t labelled them with this name.For almost 5 decades they´ve been blowing up people to smithereens.Incredible! Now with terrorisms being rubbed into their faces,Europe must act If not the Islamic terrorists will continue to go beserk and deadly all over the European continent!

PhillipNagle says:

As long as Hezbollah just kills Jews the Europeans don’t care. If the Nazis had just killed Jews it would have been fine with the Europeans.

    Lynne T says:

    The EU bureaucracy is not representative of Europeans, who have been murdered by Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt. Europeans may not love Israelis or Jews, but they also like to be able to go on holidays to inexpensive exotic locales without being blown up and the countries that are dependent on tourism for revenues also don’t much care to be used by Islamists as venues for terror attacks. Far more craven are the Argentinians currently schmoozing with the Iranians.


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Hezbollah Operative Convicted in Cyprus

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