Hezbollah Supporters in UK ‘Exploiting Legal Loophole,’ London Mayor Warns British Home Secretary
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has written to the British minister responsible for domestic affairs urging action to close a “legal loophole” that technically permits the public display of the symbols of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia terrorist group based in Lebanon.
In a July 11 letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd — a copy of which was published by the London-based Jewish Chronicle — Khan urged that the British government acknowledge the “hurt” inflicted on the local Jewish community by the “Al-Quds Day” march on June 18.
The march — an annual event supported and encouraged by Iran — typically involves the display of Hezbollah flags, along with antisemitic speeches and chants. At this year’s rally following the march, one of the march organizers, Nazim Ali, blamed the tragic fire at a West London housing project in which nearly 60 people died on “Zionists.”
Khan urged the resolution of a legal “loophole” based upon the false distinction between Hezbollah’s “political” and “military” wings — a separation which Hezbollah itself has mocked. However, because that distinction is currently upheld by British law, describing a Hezbollah flag as belonging to its “political wing” is sufficient to allow its public display — as occurred at the last Al-Quds Day march.
“Hezbollah is an illegal, proscribed organisation, yet many perceive that it was actively celebrated during the Al Quds Day March,” Khan wrote.
“I would appreciate a response from the Government that acknowledges the hurt that is felt and your plans to close any loophole,” Khan added, strongly indicating that he would support an outright ban by the British authorities of the terror group.