Australia intends to include the extreme right-wing extremist organization The Base and the entire Lebanese organization Hezbollah on its list of banned terrorist organizations
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA-Australia said on Wednesday that as the national security service struggles to cope with the surge of neo-Nazis and other organizations, it intends to include the far-right extremist organization The Base and the entire Lebanese organization Hezbollah on its list of illegal terrorist organizations. Extremists with ideological motives.
The remaining 25 terrorist organizations on the Australian list are Islamic organizations, including Hezbollah’s external security organization, which was designated in 2003 under Australia’s Criminal Law.
Including all Hezbollah entities as terrorist organizations would make it a criminal offence to become a member of or support these entities.
Andrews said that terrorist organizations are watching Australia’s removal of border and pandemic restrictions, while allowing its vaccinated citizens to disguise themselves as potential targets by gathering more people.
Andrews said: “We know that there is a terrorist threat in Australia, and there are terrorist threats all over the world.” “We have recently witnessed this in the UK and New Zealand.”
She was referring to the Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 believers in two mosques in New Zealand in 2019.
The following year, an important report found that New Zealand’s intelligence agencies paid too much attention to the threat posed by Islamic extremism and ignored other threats, including white supremacy.
Mike Burgess, head of counter-terrorism intelligence in Australia, warned in August that 16-year-old Australians are being radicalized to support white supremacy groups, and that half of the most important domestic counter-terrorism cases by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization Now involves neo-Nazi organizations and other ideologically motivated groups.
ASIO Director-General Burgess stated that false information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and other global events is encouraging the transfer of national security threats from religiously motivated terrorism.
Andrews stated that he would list bases and Hezbollah active in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia as terrorist organizations, aligning Australia with international partners including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
She said that her decision to include these two organizations on the list was not light. She said the threats posed by these two groups are real and credible.
She described the number of supporters of Hezbollah and al Qaeda in Australia as “unstable”.
Andrews said: “I have enough information in front of me to worry and understand that the base has reached the threshold of being classified as a terrorist organization.”
“We will pay close attention to their membership, and once they are fully included in the Criminal Code, we will take action,” she added.
Andrews wrote to the state and territory governments to discuss the two proposed listings. She said her goal is to finalize the list as soon as possible.
The Lebanese ambassador to Australia, Milad Raad, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Israel praised Australia’s decision to include Hezbollah on the list.
“Australia is a close friend of Israel in the global fight against terrorism,” said Foreign Minister Yael Rapide, who said there is no difference between the military and political branches of Hezbollah.
“I call on more countries and the EU to join the pressure on Hezbollah, ban its activities, and recognize the entire organization as a terrorist organization,” he said.
Israel and Hezbollah are enemies of the month-long war in 2006. Israel considers this Iran-backed organization to be a major security threat, and it is estimated that more than 130,000 rockets and missiles are directed at Israel.