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house Bill H.R. 1850

Should Foreign Entities Providing Financial Aid to Hamas & the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Be Sanctioned?

Argument in favor

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad spread violence and seek to destroy Israel. This is counter to U.S. values, and foreign governments & entities supporting those terror groups should be sanctioned.

Peter's Opinion
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07/23/2019
Yes, it’s in Hamas’s National charter to wipe Jews off the face of the planet. They are a terrorist organization. You folks know what happens if you’re gay in Palestine under Hamas rule? You’re hung in the streets. They are terrorists.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/23/2019
I think it is a worldwide responsibility to suppress any organization that advocates or directly supports hate-based terrorist attacks on innocent populations. Our involvement in sanctioning and getting allied interests to support sanctions against those who support terrorists needs to be strictly guided by a set of well defined and broadly accepted principals to insure our actions are strictly based upon humanitarian issues and not upon forcing our country’s geo-political interests upon other people. Decisions to sanction others cannot be permitted to be the sole responsibility of the executive branch without congressional oversight. We, as a responsible world partner, cannot permit an administration from disregarding our worldwide commitments because they don’t ‘like’ them or they get in the way of the ‘deal’ they want to make. If, collectively, our government feels the need to change or alter our commitments to world partners, then so be it. Otherwise, in today’s world our relationships with world partners are critical and need to be honored- they cannot be permitted to be arbitrarily abandoned or changed by an administration with no focus on the future or focused upon winning their next re-election ‘deal’
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07/23/2019
Of course. Why would sane people financially support these groups? There is no place in a civil society for radical Islam and it's barbaric regimes.
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Argument opposed

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are both already designated as terrorist organizations, so the mechanisms for taking measures against those supporting such organizations already exist.

Robert (steve)'s Opinion
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07/23/2019
If you got to do this, start with Saudi Arabia.
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07/23/2019
Stop being Israel’s bitch. Sanctions are a form of illegal warfare except for in extreme circumstances. They are not to be bandied around just to bully other nations or punish them for exercising their sovereignty and engaging in normal relations with others. This imperialist lens through which the US conducts all foreign relations is the biggest threat to global peace and stability.
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07/22/2019
Once again we need to stay out of this or completely pull out of any involvement in negotiating a peace process.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
    IntroducedMarch 21st, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1850?

This bill — the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2019 — would require the president to submit an annual report to Congress identifying foreign persons, agencies or instrumentalities of a foreign state who knowingly and materially assist Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or an affiliate or successor of one of those organizations. Entities providing assistance to designated terror groups would face a variety of sanctions, which are described in greater detail below.

After identifying the entities, the president would be required to impose two or more sanctions, including: 

  • Denying Export-Import loan guarantees; 
  • Denying defense support under the Arms Export Control Act; 
  • Denying the export of munitions to any agreement to which a person identified is a part; 
  • Denying the export of goods or technology controlled for national security reasons; 
  • Denying loans of more than $10 million; or
  • Seizing property held in the U.S. 

The president would also be required to report to Congress on each government that provides support for acts of terrorism and material support to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any affiliate or successor organization determined to have engaged in a significant transaction to knowingly and materially support those organizations. 

After identifying the governments, the president would be required to: 

  • Suspend U.S. assistance to that government for one year; 
  • Instruct the executive directors of each international finance institution to vote against any loan or technical assistance to that government; 
  • Prohibit any munitions export to that government for one year; and
  • Prohibit that government’s transactions in foreign exchanges that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prevent that government’s transfers of credits or payments between financial institutions subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

The reports required in this bill would be required for three years after this bill’s enactment.

Impact

Governments that support Hamas; governments that support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; organizations that support Hamas; organizations that support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; Congress; sanctions against supporters of Hamas; sanctions against supporters of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1850

Last Congress, the CBO estimated that administering the sanctions and preparing the reports this bill calls for would cost less than $500,000 over the four-year period from 2018 to 2022.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced this bill to impose sanctions on foreign persons, agencies and govenrments that assist Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and their affiliates

“Hamas preaches destruction to Israel and death to the values we hold dear in the United States. Hamas is a foreign terrorist organization and specially designated by the United States government as a global terrorist. The organization is responsible for the death of more than 400 Israelis and at least 25 United States citizens… This bipartisan bill is proof that confronting hate – and supporting our ally Israel – is not an issue of left versus right; it is and always will be an issue of right versus wrong.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), and original cosponsor of this bill, says

“I am a firm believer in a two state solution, but a Palestinian state will never be born from terror.  The rockets raining down on Tel Aviv in recent days are only the latest reminder that Hamas has no interest in peace. I applaud Mr. Mast and Mr. Gottheimer for their continued leadership, and I welcome the introduction of this legislation at this critical moment.  It sends an important message that terrorism only denigrates the Palestinian cause and sets back the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX), also an original cosponsor of the bill, adds

“Hamas continues to threaten Israel with rockets, incendiary balloons, and any other weapon it can get its hands on. Hamas relies on a vast network of smuggling and international support, including from Iran, to maintain its arsenal. These sanctions are a long overdue measure to make clear that as long as Hamas continues this campaign of violence, its members and anyone who seeks to fund or support this terrorist organization will be held accountable.”

This bill passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by voice vote with the support of 40 bipartisan sponsors, including 30 Republicans and 10 Democrats, in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by voice vote with the support of 31 bipartisan cosponsors, including 20 Republicans and 11 Democrats.


Of NoteHamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are U.S.-designated terrorist groups.

In March 2019, Hamas launched two long-range Fjr missles from Gaza toward Tel Aviv. While Hamas denied issuing the attack, this led Israel to immediately retaliate by striking over 100 Hamas targets. The attack was the first time that rockets were fired at Tel Aviv since 2014, when the Israel Defense Forces launched “Operation Protective Edge” to neutralize the launch sites in Gaza.

Some reports indicated the the Palestinian islamic Jihad, rather than Hamas, was behind the Tel Aviv attack (the organization is known to have Fajr missiles in its arsenal). However, the group denied any involvement.

Following the attack, New Right Party co-chair and current Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said

“[T]he time has come to defeat Hamas once and for all. No more shooting at sand dunes with causing injury to the enemy, but time for an uncompromising pursuit and systematic neutralization of Hamas’s leaders.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: Facts for a Better Future via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2019

Official Title

Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevent Act of 2019, as amended

    Yes, it’s in Hamas’s National charter to wipe Jews off the face of the planet. They are a terrorist organization. You folks know what happens if you’re gay in Palestine under Hamas rule? You’re hung in the streets. They are terrorists.
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    If you got to do this, start with Saudi Arabia.
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    Stop being Israel’s bitch. Sanctions are a form of illegal warfare except for in extreme circumstances. They are not to be bandied around just to bully other nations or punish them for exercising their sovereignty and engaging in normal relations with others. This imperialist lens through which the US conducts all foreign relations is the biggest threat to global peace and stability.
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    I think it is a worldwide responsibility to suppress any organization that advocates or directly supports hate-based terrorist attacks on innocent populations. Our involvement in sanctioning and getting allied interests to support sanctions against those who support terrorists needs to be strictly guided by a set of well defined and broadly accepted principals to insure our actions are strictly based upon humanitarian issues and not upon forcing our country’s geo-political interests upon other people. Decisions to sanction others cannot be permitted to be the sole responsibility of the executive branch without congressional oversight. We, as a responsible world partner, cannot permit an administration from disregarding our worldwide commitments because they don’t ‘like’ them or they get in the way of the ‘deal’ they want to make. If, collectively, our government feels the need to change or alter our commitments to world partners, then so be it. Otherwise, in today’s world our relationships with world partners are critical and need to be honored- they cannot be permitted to be arbitrarily abandoned or changed by an administration with no focus on the future or focused upon winning their next re-election ‘deal’
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    Once again we need to stay out of this or completely pull out of any involvement in negotiating a peace process.
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    They are terrorist organizations, we should do everything we can to uproot them
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    Of course. Why would sane people financially support these groups? There is no place in a civil society for radical Islam and it's barbaric regimes.
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    People supplying aide to Israel should be sanctioned. No aide to Israel until they stop killing civilians! This is by no means a fair conflict. It's like a child burning ants with a magnifying glass. They don't see or treat them as humans, proof would be all the human rights violations!
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    No. One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter. Israel is not without blame here.
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    Anyone who supports terrorists should be sanctioned. Also, no foreign aid.
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    How could u say no to this
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    Yes, these countries should be penalized for allowing terrorists groups to reside and grow in their terrorists attempts. These countries should be working to eradicate such groups for the well-being of the world. To allow them sanctuary is to agree with what they’re doing.
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    Yes
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    Is there any good reason to NOT support this?
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    Without a doubt vote YES!
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    Those are terrorist organizations and any person including our Representatives who support them should be persecuted.
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    Absolutely. Doing otherwise is basically funding the organizations that seek to commit terrorist acts.
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    "Palestinian Islamic Jihad"? Is your brain broken, Brian (R-FL)? Seizing property in the US? Do we have a government, or is it just a Mafia, now? Hamas has zero power and is a fringe group in Palestine. Palestinians represent NO VALID terror threat outside of Palestine *&* only work to defend Palestinians from oppression and occupation. You know, like Israeli destroying housing arbitrarily, just because they felt like it, like they did today. This bill is sick.
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    Starve the flame to put out the fire.
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    Watch for yourselves Congress in action (or inaction as the case usually is) live at https://live.house.gov/ I keep this and the Senate on all day long. I don't watch many committee hearings anymore as it is totally about grandstanding, right Spartacus?
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