Home Media Action Alerts2020 HRC Prompts Globe Clarification: EU Only Lists Hezbollah’s “Military Wing” as Terror Group

HRC Prompts Globe Clarification: EU Only Lists Hezbollah’s “Military Wing” as Terror Group

by Mike Fegelman
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On January 10, the Globe and Mail published an informative article by reporter Eric Reguly entitled “Hezbollah has to decide whether Iran or Lebanon comes first”.

The article noted that: “Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has combined Iranian-backed clout, charisma and savvy political maneouvres to keep himself, and his party’s, power intact and expanding, to the point the group has been called a “state within a state.” He is considered more powerful than the prime minister. His militia, created to fight the Israelis, makes the ill-equipped Lebanese military seem ineffective.”

While we applaud the Globe for producing this article, HonestReporting Canada recognized an important error in Mr. Reguly’s article as he erroneously stated the following:

In 2018, a U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told a conference that Iran funnels about US$700-million a year to Hezbollah (United States, Canada and the European Union consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization; Russia and China do not).”

In truth, the EU only considers the “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terror group, but does not consider the “political wing” as a proscribed terrorist entity. That’s why Jewish groups continue to heavily lobby the EU to fully list Hezbollah as a banned terror group.

Here is the clarification notice and editor’s note that was issued on January 11 following our bringing our concerns to the attention of senior editors at the Globe and Mail:

Here’s also a before and after that show’s the Globe’s amendment to this article featured on its website:

Before: “In 2018, a U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told a conference that Iran funnels about US$700-million a year to Hezbollah (United States, Canada and the European Union consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization; Russia and China do not).”

After: “In 2018, a U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told a conference that Iran funnels about US$700-million a year to Hezbollah (United States and Canada consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization; Russia and China do not). [The European Union considers the military wing of Hezbollah a terror group.]”

HonestReporting Canada thanks the Globe and Mail for promptly issuing this corrective and for setting the record straight.

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