Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined a group of colleagues in introducing the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act. The legislation would impose sanctions against foreign individuals, entities, and governments that provide support to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terrorist groups. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched more than 4,000 rockets at Israeli civilians last month, many of which ultimately landed in Gaza injuring or killing Palestinians. The bill would also require the President to submit to Congress an assessment of whether critical foreign countries are doing enough to counter the fundraising, financing, and money laundering activities of Palestinian terrorist groups.
“During the recent Israel-Gaza conflict, Hamas launched thousands of rockets intended to kill Israeli civilians. Hamas, a terrorist organization supported by Iran, also put the lives of Palestinian civilians at risk,” said Senator Collins. “Our bipartisan legislation would impose sanctions on foreign governments who assist Hamas and affiliated terrorist groups, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to combatting global terrorism.”
In addition to Senator Collins, the legislation was introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Todd Young (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Boozman (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), James Lankford (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Josh Hawley (R-MO).
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