February 24, 2024

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have generated increased, launching rockets towards Israel, targeting US military bases, and hijacking a British-owned, Israeli-linked ship in the Red Sea, but have not been classified as a terrorist organization by most Western governments. The United States is evaluating whether to designate the Houthis as terrorists, following their removal from the terrorist list by US President Joe Biden in 2021. The UK has not made a similar declaration, prompting the activist group ‘We Believe in Israel’ to launch a campaign urging the UK to add the Houthi group to the list of proscribed terrorist organizations. The petition has already garnered over 1,300 signatures and emphasizes the potential role of such a designation in supporting the global fight against terrorism. If proscribed, support for Houthis would be punishable by prison and other penalties.