Concerns have been raised that the New IRA is courting and being armed by Hizballah, an antisemitic genocidal terrorist group.
The New IRA is apparently seeking weapons and financing from the Middle East terrorist group, according to an assessment by MI5. Apparently, it was established in 2017 that contact had been made between the two groups, but although security services in Northern Ireland and Ireland suspect that mortars and assault rifles have been imported, the weapons have not yet been found.
Representatives of the New IRA apparently visited the Iranian Emabssy in Dublin to sign a book of condolences for the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who masterminded Iran’s deadly military operations across the Middle East and was assassinated by the United States.
Hizballah is an Iranian terrorist proxy.
The New IRA is considered to be the largest republican terror group and is responsible for a series of attacks on police and the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.
Last year, following a gruelling effort over several years by Campaign Against Antisemitism and our allies, Hizballah was finally proscribed completely by the then-Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, with the support of the then-Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Ensuring that the Government completely proscribes Hizballah has been an important objective for Campaign Against Antisemitism since our charity was established.