The German Interior Ministry announced the ban on three associations accused of donating to the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, Hezbollah .
These associations are alternative organizations and structures to the “Orphan Project” association, which was banned in Germany in 2014 and later renamed Alwan for Orphans.
These associations operate through the same structures, leaders, human and material resources, and address the same target groups.
The German Ministry of Interior confirms that these associations, under the guise of religious and humanitarian purposes in Germany, collect donations for the “Martyr Foundation”, meaning the families of Hezbollah’s dead.
On April 30, 2020, Germany announced a complete ban on Hezbollah on its territory, in a decision that includes stopping the activities of the party and raising its symbols, banners and slogans in the entire European country.
The German intelligence agency, affiliated to the German state of Saxony, revealed months ago, in its new report, a significant increase in the number of members and supporters of the Lebanese Hezbollah. According to the intelligence report, the number of supporters and members increased from 1,050 in 2019 to 1,250 in 2020.
The number of members and supporters of Hezbollah in Saxony alone is about 180, an increase of 20 members from 160 in 2019.
The report stated that “Hezbollah, which was established with the help of Iran, embraces an extremist ideological ideology and uses terrorist means against its opponents. Hezbollah’s followers also maintain organizational and ideological cohesion in local mosque associations, which are funded primarily through donations.”
Last year, the German Interior Ministry banned all Hezbollah activities within the territory of the Federal Republic. Hezbollah was mentioned 37 times in the 436-page intelligence document, which covered the year 2020. The report documents security threats to the constitutional and democratic order of Saxony.
In addition to Germany, the entire Hezbollah movement has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States of America, the Arab League, the Netherlands, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Czech Republic, Japan, Lithuania, Slovenia, and several additional European and Latin countries. . France, Spain, Italy and the European Union have designated the so-called military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist entity