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Congressman Thomas Suozzi

Representing the 3rd District of New York

Suozzi, Gallagher Legislation Sanctioning Hizballah Passes with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

October 25, 2017
Press Release
Bill Punishes Terrorist Organization for Using Innocent Civilians as Human Shields

Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi and Congressman Mike Gallagher’s (R-WI) bill, H.R. 3342, the SHIELDS Act (Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields), passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support by voice vote. This legislation will sanction Hizballah and their supporters for the use of human shields, while also punishing the governments that enable such war crimes, including Hizballah’s primary supporter, Iran.

 

The bill can be read in full here.

 

“This summer, I visited Israel and stood near Lebanon’s southern border, not far from where Hizballah threatens Israel’s security. In the over thirty years since Hizballah in 1983 killed hundreds of Americans when it bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, they have become one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations, not only in Lebanon, but across the Middle East,” said Congressman Suozzi.

 

Suozzi added, “Hizballah remains committed to Israel’s destruction. It has spent millions to build up its arsenal, which now includes up to 150,000 missiles scattered across southern Lebanon, much of it concealed in mosques, hospitals, schools and homes where civilians are used as human shields. By passing this bill with strong Republican and Democratic support, we have sent a strong message that the United States of America will not stand for the use of innocent civilians as pawns in the destructive chess game of Iran and Hizballah’s effort to destabilize this region and the West.”

 

“Since its creation, Hizballah has been an Iranian proxy dedicated to destroying Israel and combating American interests in the Middle East. From its bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in 1983, to its rocket attacks against Israel, to its expanding influence in Syria today, Hizballah’s terrorist activities have served as a direct challenge to the United States and our allies. The SHIELDS Act is a vital and bipartisan bill that advances American interests, punishes those who support and enable Hizballah’s barbaric practices, and protects our allies in the region,” said Congressman Gallagher.

 

Congressman Suozzi sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. He visited Israel in August, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In May, Suozzi joined Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and 35 other House members in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the Administration to address the Palestinian payment program to families of terrorists. Earlier this year, he introduced a resolution calling for the Unification of Jerusalem.