A bipartisan group of House members has introduced a resolution (H. Con. Res. 107) that denounces the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law. The resolution is led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
On July 17, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res. 498 expressing support for Israel as it acts to defend itself against Hamas. The bipartisan resolution was introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Charles Schumer (D-NY).
The House of Representatives passed a similar resolution on (H. Res. 657) on July 11. The resolution was spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK).
The three resolutions come as Hamas and other Gaza terrorists have launched more than 2,000 rockets at the Jewish state since July 8, 2014. These actions constitute an unprovoked escalation aimed solely at killing, maiming and terrorizing Israelis.
Hamas actively rejects Israel’s right to exist and, since the group’s inception in the late 1980s, has killed hundreds of Israelis and dozens of Americans in rocket attacks and suicide bombings.