Washington, D.C.  – Today the House of Representatives passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act (H.R. 3542), which sanctions Hamas for using civilians as human shields – a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights.

Chairman Royce on the passage of H.R. 3542: “Hamas has repeatedly put the lives of innocent Palestinians at risk by using them as human shields. These men, women and children are forced to serve as cover in Gaza for Hamas terrorists launching indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians. Today’s legislation rightly holds Hamas, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, accountable for these disgraceful and cowardly acts that violate international law.”