The German government intends to completely ban all Hezbollah activities in the country, including the flying of its flag.
HAMBURG, GERMANY — November 29, 2019 / JNS — The German government is planning to ban all activity of Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in the country, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported in its online subscription website Spiegel Daily on Thursday, November 21st edition.
Sources in the German foreign, interior and justice ministries told the news outlet that the ban could happen as early as next week. Such a move would put Hezbollah on the same level as terrorist groups such as Islamic State and the PKK Kurdish militia.
Following the ban, all activities of Hezbollah would be forbidden in the country, including the public display of the group’s flag.
The European Union has to date outlawed only the so-called military branch of Hezbollah, but not the entire group.
Der Spiegel (“The Mirror”) is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. With a weekly circulation of 840,000 copies, it is the largest such publication in Europe. Spiegel Daily, launched a paid-for digital daily on May 16, 2019.