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H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3542 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 3542 states that it is U.S. policy to: (1) condemn the use of human shields by Hamas as an act of terrorism and a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and (2) act against those engaging in or supporting the use of human shields. The President is urged to direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (U.N.) to use U.S. influence at the U.N. Security Council to secure support for a resolution imposing multilateral sanctions against Hamas's use of human shields.

The President is required to prohibit property transactions and U.S. entry with respect to: (1) each foreign person or entity that is a member of or acting on behalf of Hamas and that is responsible for or complicit in Hamas' use of human shields; and (2) each foreign person or entity and each agency or instrumentality of a foreign state that has significantly facilitated any act with respect to such use of human shields, provided material support to a listed person or entity, or attempted to facilitate or support such acts or persons. The President may waive a sanction for 180 days with prior congressional certification that such waiver is vital to U.S. national security interests.

The terrorist organization Hamas has been known to deliberately use Palestinian civilians as human shields. According to reports, Hamas hopes to achieve two goals by using human shields: to deter attacks on legitimate military targets, and to exploit any incidental harm that is caused as a result military activity. International law prohibits the use of human shields in armed conflicts. International law also explicitly forbids directing the civilian population to shield military objectives from attack.

In June, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) discovered Hamas tunnels under two of its schools in Gaza, demonstrating how Hamas knowingly integrates terrorist operations in civilian resources.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 97%
 
 
415
228
 
187
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
15
9
 
6
 

Date: Feb 14, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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