U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, introduced H. Con. Res 107, denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Hamas has proven that it has no respect for innocent Israeli life with its continued onslaught of indiscriminate rocket fire on civilian populations, and it once again is showing it has no respect for the lives of the Palestinian people by using them as human shields. Abu Mazen must demand that Hamas cease its attacks against the people of Israel and its use of Palestinians, including women and children, as human shields. This resolution sends a strong message that Congress condemns these cowardly acts, and that we stand in support of our friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel, and for those Palestinian people who truly seek peace with Israel and who oppose Hamas and its use of terror."
Statement by Deutch:
"Hamas continues to put the lives of innocent Palestinians at risk every day by hiding its rocket-making factories, launchers and weapons stockpiles in civilians areas. As Israel warns civilians of forthcoming strikes on terrorist targets, Hamas repeatedly tells the people of Gaza to ignore these warnings. Hamas' use of civilians as human shields is deplorable and should be condemned by any nation that values human rights."