Bahraini lawmakers voted on Tuesday to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization, the Lebanese news outlet Now Lebanon reported.Then again....
The parliament in Manama voted unanimously to pass the bill, which had been presented by 30 MPs. It now moves to the Bahraini cabinet for a vote.
“It is time we join the world in outlawing this group, which has terrorized the region enough and has been instrumental in spreading evil among us,” said lawmaker Shaikh Jassim Al Saeedi, who has been one of those at the forefront of the legislation, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News website said on Wednesday.
The Bahraini daily Akhbar Al Khaleej stated that the bill cites Hezbollah as having sought to destabilize Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, and accuses it of murdering innocent civilians in Syria in order to support the regime of the beleaguered Bashar Assad.
Bahrain blacklisted Hezbollah on Tuesday; for the wrong reasons.
MP Khaled Abdul Aal summed it up very well on CNN: “It is because Hezbollah is Shiite, despite being a resistance against Israel.”
No wonder. The Arab Spring also awakened the Shiite majority of Bahrain. Rallies have been held across the tiny Gulf Island asking for a transitional government and the prime minister, who has been running the small country since 1974, to step down.
Human rights organizations reported that police regularly use violence against protesters and even the medical personnel who treat the wounded. More than 80 people have died since the pro-democracy protests erupted in February 2011.