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  • Denouncing Use of Civilians as Human Shields By Hamas and Other Terrorist Organizations

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2014-07-30

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    JACKSON LEE of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H. Con. Res. 107, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of the State of Israel as it defends itself against rocket attacks launched by Hamas.

    These deadly rocket attacks launched from Gaza into Israel by Hamas against unarmed civilian populations are deserving of the condemnation of this House and the international community.

    Mr. Speaker, since the most recent airstrikes began, hundreds of persons--Israelis and Palestinians--have been killed and many hundreds more injured.

    No sovereign nation can be expected to stand idly by while unprovoked acts of violence are perpetrated against its citizens by terrorists or foreign entities.

    Israel has, as do all countries under the law of nations, the right to exist and the right to self-defense. This means Israel is allowed to take all necessary, appropriate, and measured actions required to keep its people safe. Hamas should cease using their fellow citizens as human shields.

    But at the end of the day, the peace and justice we all seek will come from the parties acting in good faith to find a just and lasting peace that recognizes Israel's right to exist, renounces violence and terrorism, and achieves the two-state solution.

    Among the most important things that can be done to bring peace and the two-state solution into being and to halt the suffering is for the Administration to redouble its efforts to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict and for the President Mahmoud Abbas to exercise stronger leadership in rallying and uniting the Palestinian people under the banner of peace with justice.

    Mr. Speaker, I condemn launching rockets into civilian populations. In addition to death and destruction, such attacks instill fear and cause suffering to innocent men, women, and children.

    Finally, I offer sympathies for the loss of life among the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    As the great theologian St. Augustine reminds us, ``peace is the necessary condition in which people can be free to work out their eternal destiny.'' ____________________

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