The letter noted that "the UN enquiry into the murder of the lateLebanese Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri in 2005, indicated conclusiveevidence of Hezbollah complicity, though the official report is stillpending". continuing, "now the Interior Minister of Bulgaria, TsvetanTsvetanov, has announced the official findings linking to Hezbollah, thefinancing and authorship of the attack on an Israeli tourist bus on July18, 2012 killing 6, including 1 Bulgarian citizen and wounding 32".

Samuels stressed " this atrocity happened in an EU member state.Every EU government is fully aware that Hezbollah is present acrossEurope, fund raising, recruiting, and preparing further attacks".

The letter argued "this was the situation in Latin America that, in1994, led to the Hezbollah bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre in BuenosAires, leaving 85 dead and over 300 maimed - a situation of infiltrationthat is worsening across that continent as the presence there grows ofHezbollah's patron, Iran".

Samuels pointed to the irony that "the EU employs a regime of sanctionsagainst Tehran, and morally supports the victims of the Syrian genocide,perpetrated by the Assad regime which is maintained by Iran". Alsoemphasising that "while the EU supports the French campaign againstSalafist terrorism in Mali, while - until now - shielding the greatestthreat to Europe - Hezbollah".

The Centre recalled "that the late Simon Wiesenthal would say, 'whatbegins with the Jews never ends with them'!", declaring that "allEuropeans are at risk.  Christians, Jews and Muslims".

"We urge you to ban Hezbollah now.  Further vacillation will not grantimmunity, indeed it will damage the efforts of all those who fightterrorism worldwide.  We know from history, that appeasement has alwaysled to the abyss", concluded Samuels.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

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