New York, NY, September 28, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for approving bipartisan legislation to further isolate the terrorist organization Hezbollah and cut off its funding sources.
Hezbollah is responsible for the murder of hundreds of American citizens, threatens America’s ally Israel with a massive arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets currently aimed at Israel’s north, and has been committing numerous atrocities against the Syrian people.
“We commend the Foreign Affairs Committee for recognizing Hezbollah’s deadly and destabilizing actions and for strengthening American counterterrorism tools to ensure they are effectively cut off from support,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We look forward to the passage of these bills by both chambers of Congress.”
The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017 imposes sanctions against any government that knowingly provides the group with significant financial or material support, as well as against foreign persons who support Hezbollah’s propaganda, fundraising or recruitment activities. The bill also expands U.S. efforts to combat Hezbollah’s transnational criminal activity and directs the president to determine which Iranian or Syrian banks facilitate transactions for Hezbollah in violation of U.S. sanctions law.
The committee also approved legislation on a similarly bipartisan basis which mandates sanctions on specific Hezbollah leaders and their supporters who are responsible for gross international human rights violations by using civilians as human shields.