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Simon Wiesenthal Center, German Human Rights group urge German authorities to label Hezbollah a terror organization

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They also called on Berlin Mayor Michael Muller to meet Iranian dissidents after he was criticized for hosting last week the mayor of Tehran, a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

BERLIN—The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the “Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin”, a German Human Rights group, urged German authorities to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

At a joint press conference, the two organizations also announced that the Middle East Forum along with US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grennell would submit a list of Iranian dissidents who fled oppression in Iran to meet with Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller in the near future.

The Mayor, who met earlier this week with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Director of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, was heavily criticized for hosting last week the mayor of Tehran, Pirouz Hanachi, who is also a a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. He participated in the “Al Quds March” in Tehran in May, a national holiday in Iran that calls for the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the State of Israel.

“The reception of the Tehran mayor was clearly a mistake. The very fact that it took place is considered to be a victory by the Mullahocracy that continues to threaten Israel and to support terrorist groups worldwide,” Rabbi Cooper said.

“We live in a time when violent attacks against Jews have almost become routine, including the beating of an Israeli because he spoke Hebrew on a Berlin Street, Tuesday night. While we welcome the efforts of German authorities to oppose anti-Semitism and to deal with its consequences, it is vitally important they also take on the multiple sources of Jew- hatred. Not only neo-Nazis, but also from Iran, Hezbollah, and from Palestinians whose educational system indoctrinate children from a young age to hate Jews”, Cooper declared.

Ulrike Becker,  director of the Iran Department of the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin, mentioned at the press conference that the Humboldt University in Berlin plans to open a new “Institute of Islamic Theology” in October, where imams are to be trained. The “Islamic Community of Shiite Communities” (IGS), which is closely linked to the Iranian regime. is part of the advisory board of this new institute despite of the fact that the chairman of the IGS, Mahmoud Khalilzadeh, belongs to the political-religious establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the German government.

She continued: “Among groups included under IGS’ umbrella are associations that are close to terrorist Hezbollah. One of those is the Imam Mahdi Center in Münster, where a recent video of the community there included statements by members who stated they were proud to be terrorists.”

“Hezbollah is not only a threat to Israel, but also a danger to Jews in Berlin. We are hopeful that the federal government will finally list the entire Hezbollah organization on the terrorist list. And groups close to Hezbollah should not be partners of the city of Berlin,” concluded Ulricke Becker.




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