“The Syrian Arab Republic condemns Berlin’s blacklisting of Hezbollah with utmost vigor,” a Syrian Foreign Ministry source told state news agency SANA on Thursday.
The source said the blacklisting was a “medal of honor” which effectively acknowledged Hezbollah’s prominent role in countering Zionist and Western plots in the region.
The source said the move clearly demonstrated Germany’s submission to “world Zionism” and the country’s continued lack of sovereignty and independence ever since the end of World War II.
On Thursday, Germany designated Hezbollah as a “terrorist group” and ordered raids on various mosques and cultural sites allegedly linked to the resistance movement.
Police raided four mosque associations in Dortmund and Muenster in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bremen and Berlin, along with private homes of alleged Hezbollah members.
Israel and the United States had been pushing Berlin to ban the resistance movement which is credited with helping defeat the most violent Takfiri and other terrorist groups in Syria and driving out Israeli troops from southern Lebanon.
The resistance movement's popularity for shattering Israel's myth of invincibility among the Arab public opinion has worried Israel and the West. Its military engagement in the Syria war has also turned it into a seasoned force, forcing many Western observers to describe Hezbollah as the most powerful Arab "army".
Iran said Germany must be held to account for the “consequences” its decision will have for the fight against terrorism in the region.