German Police Raid Center over Suspected Hezbollah Support

German police walk at the Islamic Center Hamburg grounds during a raid in Hamburg, Germany, November 16, 2023. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
German police walk at the Islamic Center Hamburg grounds during a raid in Hamburg, Germany, November 16, 2023. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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German Police Raid Center over Suspected Hezbollah Support

German police walk at the Islamic Center Hamburg grounds during a raid in Hamburg, Germany, November 16, 2023. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
German police walk at the Islamic Center Hamburg grounds during a raid in Hamburg, Germany, November 16, 2023. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

German police have conducted raids in seven states over the Islamic Center of Hamburg's suspected support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the interior ministry said.

Authorities searched more than 50 properties connected to the center whose activities are suspected of violating Germany's constitutional order.

The raids, which also targeted five other associations believed to be subgroups of the center, were aimed at securing evidence as part of the ministry's investigation, the authorities said.

"I want to make clear that we are acting against Islamists, not against a religion or another state," said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser.
"But we have the Islamist scene in our sights," she said.

"The suspicions against the Islamic Center of Hamburg are serious," and it has long been monitored by the domestic intelligence agency for Islamist activities, said Faeser.

"Especially now, when many Jews feel particularly threatened, we do not tolerate Islamist propaganda or anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate speech," added Faeser.

Since Hamas' attack on Israel on Oct. 7, German authorities have cracked down on pro-Palestinian groups.

On Nov. 2, Faeser implemented a formal ban on activity by or in support of Hamas and dissolved Samidoun, a group that was behind a celebration of Hamas’ attack on Israel, following up on a pledge made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz shortly after the attack.



Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
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Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)

An Israeli commission investigating suspected wrongdoing in government purchases of submarines and missile boats from Germany issued a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

The panel notified Netanyahu that based on evidence gathered thus far, it could ultimately determine that he had used his position as prime minister between 2009 and 2016 to greenlight the purchases without due process.

"By doing so, he (Netanyahu) endangered the security of the state and harmed the state of Israel's foreign relations and economic interests," said the panel in its written decision, made public on Monday.

Netanyahu in response said that the submarines were central to Israel's security "in ensuring its existence against Iran, which is trying to destroy us".

"History will prove that Prime Minister Netanyahu was right on this issue as well and made the right decisions for the security of Israel," the statement from his office said.

The commission, established under the previous government in 2022, said that it will soon publish unclassified parts of the evidence collected during the probe into the deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Netanyahu has struggled to salvage his security credentials since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas-led fighters, who killed 1,200 people and took more than 250 hostages to Gaza according to Israeli tallies, the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust.

In the Israeli assault on Gaza that followed, more than 37,000 people have been killed according to Gaza health authorities.