Rep. Wilson Statement on the new Leader of Hamas being Blacklisted

Feb 1, 2018
Press Release

West Columbia, S.C.- Representative Joe Wilson (SC 02) released the following statement regarding the new leader of Hamas being added to the terrorist blacklist. 

"I am grateful for the leadership of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in adding the new leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, to the official terrorist blacklist yesterday. This designation will result in freezing any U.S. assets and prohibit any partnerships with the U.S.

Sanctions are an effective tool to deny resources to murderous terrorist regimes and I have long been a proponent of using sanctions against Hamas.

Last year, I introduced the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act with Representative Seth Moulton, bipartisan legislation which would sanction Hamas for violating human rights standards by using civilians as human shields. For too long, Hamas has taken shelter and launched offensives against Israel from civilian areas, including schools, hospitals, and mosques, knowingly and heartlessly put innocent lives at risk. I am hopeful that this bill will be passed out of the Foreign Affairs Committee soon."