The domestic intelligence agency for the city-state of Hamburg in Germany announced on Friday that there are 50 Hezbollah members in Hamburg and roughly 30 Hezbollah-affiliated associations spread across Germany, JPostreported.
The number of Hezbollah members increased from 30 in Hamburg in 2018 to 50 in 2019 said the new 313-page intelligence report that covers a wide range of threats to Hamburg’s democracy and constitutional system.
The intelligence officials said that “the reason for the clear increase [of Hezbollah operatives] in comparison to last year is the intensive intelligence of the domestic intelligence service, especially in the internet.”
The report noted that “in Hamburg there are roughly 50 Hezbollah supporters who consort… at the Islamic Center Hamburg as well at the Imam Ali Mosque.”
Both the Islamic Center and the Imam Ali Mosque are owned by Iran’s regime and serve as the long arm of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei.
The Hezbollah supporters participate in religious services on Friday and other religious events at the Islamic Center Hamburg and the Imam Ali Mosque, according to the Hamburg report.
The German Interior Ministry last month issued a federal order outlawing Hezbollah in Germany, and also took enforcement measures under the provisions of the order.
The order prohibits any contact with members of the organization and does not differentiate between its various arms – military, political or social. According to the order, any use of the organization’s symbols and the organization’s assets in Germany, if any, would be banned.
Israel’s Kan 11 News later reported that Germany received intelligence informationfrom Israel that helped formulate the declaration that Hezbollah will be outlawed.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned Germany’s ban on his group, calling the German decision a “political decision that reflects Germany’s submission to America’s will and to pleasing Israel.”
In 2013, the European Union blacklisted Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization, while failing to blacklist the group’s political arm.
In March of 2019, the British government designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Earlier this year, Britain’s finance ministry added the entire Hezbollah organization to its list of terrorist groups subject to asset freezing.
There are an estimated 1,050 Hezbollah members in Germany, according to German intelligence. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds, recruit new members, promote the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel, and spread jihadi ideology.