Congress Delivers Condemnation of Hamas’ Despicable Use of Human Shields, Stand United in Support of Israel’s Right to Defend Itself With Passage of Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Resolution

Dec 10, 2014

Congress Delivers Condemnation of Hamas’ Despicable Use of Human Shields, Stand United in Support of Israel’s Right to Defend Itself With Passage of Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Resolution

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today upon the passage by Congress of their H.Con.Res. 107 - Denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen and Deutch:

“Today, the United States Congress stood resolved in condemnation of the despicable actions of the terrorist group, Hamas, and its use of children, women and men as human shields. While Israel went to extraordinary lengths this summer in Gaza to protect innocent civilian lives, Hamas placed the Palestinian people directly in harm’s way by using them as human shields and placing its rockets near densely populated areas and near schools, hospitals and mosques. We cannot allow the false moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas to be used by those who seek to delegitimize Israel. It is time for other responsible nations to join the U.S. in condemning Hamas’ terror and urging the Palestinian leadership to get serious about negotiating peace with Israel.”

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