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Is Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization?

PRO (yes)

Edward S. Walker, MA, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, in a 2002 Middle East Quarterly interview, stated the following:

"What Hizbullah did in south Lebanon was not terrorism; it was resistance, because it was directed solely at military targets. But this is not the sum of Hizbullah, which is on the terror list for a host of other reasons — for its terrorist actions. It is a terrorist organization. Absolutely."

2002 - Edward S. Walker, Jr., MA 

The Council on Foreign Relations, in its 2004 Encyclopedia of Terrorism, in an article titled "Hizbullah," wrote:

"Is Hezbollah a terrorist group? Yes. Hezbollah and its affiliates have planned or been linked to a lengthy series of terrorist attacks against America, Israel, and other Western targets."

2004 - Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) 

The US Department of State, in its Oct. 8, 1999 "Designations by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright," listed Hizbullah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization:

"Known or suspected to have been involved in numerous anti-US terrorist attacks, including the suicide truck bombing of the US Embassy and US Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 and the US Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984. Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping and detention of US and other Western hostages in Lebanon. The group also attacked the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992."

Oct. 8, 1999 - United States Department of State 

Steven Emerson, author of the PBS documentary "Jihad in America," in a May 14, 1998 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee titled "Tehran and Terrorism: Iran under President Muhammad Khatami," stated:

"Iranian agents have operated across Europe, eliminating opposition figures, recruiting supporters, and coordinating the activities of terrorist groups, specifically Hizbollah."

May 14, 1998 - Steven Emerson 

CON (no)

Saleh Kallab, Spokesman for the Jordanian government, as quoted by Islam, in an article titled "Jordan, Lebanon Urge U.S. to Exclude Hizbollah From Terrorist List":

"The Palestinian and Arab groups which operate for the sake of Palestinian independence cannot be classified as terrorist organizations."

Jan. 1, 2004 - Saleh Kallab 

Ran HaCohen, PhD, Professor of Comparative Literature, Tel-Aviv University, in a Aug. 13, 2003 editorial titled "A Case for Hizbollah?" wrote:

"This is the aim of Israeli propaganda: to portray the Hizbollah as a terrorist group that violates the rules of the game. The facts, however, are that the Hizbollah pretty much follows the rules of good neighbourliness; it is Israel that breaches them."

Aug. 13, 2003 - Ran HaCohen, PhD 

Ali Fayyad, a senior Member of Hizbullah, as quoted in a May 12, 2004 Al-Ahram Weekly article titled "Resistance lives on":

"The problem with the Americans, and within some political circles in Europe, is that resistance is confused with terrorism. Whether or not this is done to serve some agenda is another story, but we consider ourselves a resistance movement and not a terrorist organisation."

May 12, 2004 - Ali Fayyad 

Marc Sirois, Canadian journalist and Managing Editor of The Daily Star (Beirut), in a Oct. 24, 2002 Yellow article titled "The History of Hizbullah," wrote:

"Hizbullah was not hatched as an evil plot to destroy Israel but rather as an almost begrudging attempt to defend a community whose patience for oppression -- be it foreign or domestic -- had finally run out... Israel has every right to fear its long-time tormentors, but none to call them terrorists."

Oct. 24, 2002 - Marc Sirois