Hezbollah: A Global Threat. The Case of Activity of a Terrorist Organization in Germany

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Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR) of CEVRO Institute organized a public debate "Hezbollah: A Global Threat. The case of activity of a terrorist organization in Germany". The event was held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 17:00-18:30 at the atrium of CEVRO Institute (Jungmannova 17, Prague 1).

Israeli experts Ron Prosor and Daniel Cohen from Abba Eban Institute or Internation Diplomacy at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya presented results of their in-depth research to expose Hezbollah's activities in the global arena in general and in Europe in particular. The lecture reviewed the current situation and the threats posed by Hezbollah's overseas operations, as well as present strategic opportunities in the current international geo political arena and proactive diplomatic approach, to counter terrorism efforts. The debate was moderated by Tomáš Pojar, Vice-president for International Relations at CEVRO Institute.


Annotation

Hezbollah is simultaneously a political party, a social welfare movement, an international terror organization, an international criminal enterprise, and a militia that is larger and more powerful than the entire Lebanese army. Hezbollah relies on terrorism as well as other forms of violence and coercion to achieve its goals, but the group insists on portraying itself as a legitimate political party.

In recent years, Hezbollah has rapidly expanded its realm of operations. With the active or coerced support of the Lebanese Shiite diaspora in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Hezbollah has been implicated in criminal activities on a global scale. Hezbollah’s business logic has evolved from relying on a state sponsor, such as Iran, to diversification into drug and arms trafficking, and laundering money crimes. A portion of the illicit profits derived from these business activities is remitted to Hezbollah in Lebanon, where they serve to finance social, religious, and educational services, military resistance, and political activity among its power base in Southern Lebanon’s Shiite community.

Hezbollah networks also use Europe as a base to recruit members, raise funds, procure weapons, conduct pre-operational surveillance, and, when feasible, conduct operations without pause for more than three decades. Its criminal network has spread deep into Europe and generated hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of illegal trade to support its destructive agenda.  A significant portion of Hezbollah's criminal activity is being conducted on EU soil, especially in Germany and France - which have both refrained from designating Hezbollah as a terror organization. The lecture will review the current situation and the threats by Hezbollah's overseas operations, as well as present strategic opportunities in the current international geo political arena and proactive diplomatic approach, to counter terrorism efforts.


The event was held in English, however, translation to Czech language was provided.

The event is organized in cooperation with International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and it is supported by Česká zbrojovka a.s.


Speakers

Ron Prosor

Ambassador Prosor is the head of the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He is the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and the United Kingdom, and the former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosor carved out an international reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Prosor served as the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Prosor’s previous overseas service has included roles in Washington, London and Bonn. Mr. Prosor was instrumental in establishing diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He was also a member of Israel’s delegation to the Wye River Summit talks in 1998 and served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he graduated with distinction.

Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen is head of the Strategy and Intelligence desk at the Abba Eban Institute, at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He is also a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) at Tel Aviv University, and a Lecturer for cyber security at the Bar Ilan University. Daniel served as a counter-terrorism and cyber expert for the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE). Daniel's research fields include Counter terrorism, Cyber security, cyber terrorism, and Influence operations, and terrorist organizations and their use of web & social media. He is a frequent lecturer in the private sector, governments and security establishments. Daniel holds a Master's in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor's (Cum Laude) in Government studies from the IDC Herzliya. Before joining the Abba Eban Institute, he worked as a research fellow and coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), and as a consultant in the government and security sectors.

About Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy

The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, is a pro-active research institute, inspired to form an innovative, effective and proactive diplomacy infrastructure for Israel, in order to restore its standing in the global arena, and counter terror threats by integrating in-depth academic research within innovative diplomatic strategies.


 

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