1/3 Of US Senate Demands UN Label Hamas As Terrorist Group

More than a third of U.S. senators have signed a letter urging U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to draft a resolution designating Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Senators James Lankford and Jacky Rosen, together with 32 of their colleagues from both parties, wrote a letter to Thomas-Greenfield requesting her to introduce a resolution to the United Nations Security Council designating Hamas as a terrorist organization and subjecting them to sanctions.

Lankford and Rosen noted that many other nations and international bodies have designated Hamas as a terrorist organization,” such as Canada, the European Union, Australia, Japan, Paraguay, United Kingdom, and New Zealand,

The senators commended Thomas-Greenfield for her strong words against Hamas’ terrorist activities and her backing of Israel’s right to defend its citizens. Recent developments, they said, have shown that Hamas is not fundamentally different from other terrorist groups blacklisted by the United Nations, such as Al Qaeda or ISIS.

They detailed the horrific attacks on Israel on October 7 by thousands of Hamas terrorists, who targeted civilian areas throughout southern Israel and cruelly murdered 1,400 people and injured 4,500 more. They also pointed out that the atrocities done by Hamas terrorists have affected not just Israelis but also American citizens; 32 Americans were killed, and many more are still being held hostage after the terrorist attack on October 7.

The senators cautioned that there would be a number of adverse outcomes should the UN refuse to label Hamas a terrorist group. First, the international community’s inability to speak with one voice in reaction to one of the most significant terrorist assaults in history threatens to undermine the UN’s legitimacy. The United States, as the UN’s greatest financial donor, must also move swiftly to cut off Hamas’s access to its funding. The absence of UN sanctions on Hamas enables them to boost their capabilities by utilizing international financial routes, including accessing banking systems and collecting donations from NGOs.