Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Reps. Joe Wilson and Seth Moulton's Legislation Sanctioning Hamas Passes House Unanimously

Feb 14, 2018
Press Release

Reps. Joe Wilson and Seth Moulton's Legislation Sanctioning Hamas Passes House 

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 3542, the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, which sanctions Hamas for violating human rights standards by using civilians as human shields. This legislation was introduced by Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06), joined by original co-sponsors Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22).

After the vote, Rep. Joe Wilson said, “The world must face the threat of Hamas terrorists, as they continue to perpetrate atrocities against civilians and use them as human shields. I am grateful that the U.S. House of Representatives took a stand today against this murderous terrorist group, and am hopeful that the Senate will pass H.R. 3542 quickly. I believe this legislation will help ensure the lives of innocent Palestinian civilians are spared by proactively imposing strong sanctions against Hamas.”

Representative Seth Moulton stated: "When Hamas uses innocent citizens as human shields, it shows how weak and immoral terrorists can be. We cannot claim to be moral leaders in the world if we sit on our hands and let this disgusting practice continue. It's past time the House take up this bill, and I hope to see it pass the Senate and arrive on the President's desk as soon as possible. Protecting innocent human lives is not a partisan issue; it's basic human decency." 

Read the bill text here.

Last 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.