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Senate Panel Adopts Bill Targeting Terrorist Use of Human Shields

Members of PIJ during a march in Gaza for the Iranian-backed group’s newly appointed leader Ziad Nakhalah, Oct. 4, 2018.

AIPAC commends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for adopting the Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act (S. 3257). The bipartisan legislation—authored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) with an amendment by Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN)—mandates sanctions against members of Hamas and Hezbollah responsible for the use of human shields as well as agencies of foreign states that support these groups in this heinous practice. Hamas and Hezbollah are blatantly violating international law by placing their terrorist infrastructure among civilian populations. In any future conflict in Gaza or Lebanon, the lives of innocent civilians will be endangered because of the reckless and illegal behavior of these terrorist organizations. AIPAC urges the full Senate to adopt this important legislation.

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