This bill — the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act — would direct the president to impose property and travel sanctions on members or affiliates of Hamas who are responsible for or complicit in Hamas’ use of human shields. Foreign persons and entities that provide or attempt to provide material support to sanctioned individuals would also be sanctioned. Additionally, the bill would state that it’s U.S. policy to condemn the use of human shields by Hamas as an act of terrorism and violation of human rights, and act against those engaging in or supporting the use of human shields.
The president would be able to waive a sanction for 120 days with prior congressional certification that the waiver is vital to U.S. national security interests. The president would also be urged to direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to 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.