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NGO calls on Biden on hold Hamas accountable for using human shields



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By Jenny Goldsberry

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies released a memo Wednesday to encourage President Biden to impose sanctions on Hamas over their use of human shields last month. Congress has already enacted a law to allow for these sanctions, it’s just up to the president to submit a list of bad actors every December.

Moreover, in 2018 Congress unanimously enacted the Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act. Former President Trump did not exercise his power to sanction via this law. Meanwhile, Hamas and Hezbollah continued to use human shields. Senior Fellow Orde Kittrie wrote the memo in hopes that Biden will go against that precedent.

“The Biden administration should start implementing the Shields Act, including by imposing sanctions on Yahya Sinwar, the top Hamas political leader in Gaza, and other terrorist officials for whom there is compelling evidence of their responsibility for the use of human shields,” Kiitrie wrote.

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Israel Defense Forces say coalition successfully intercepted over 99 percent of Iranian drones, missiles



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The U.S., U.K, France, and Jordan came together with Israel to intercept the onslaught of Iranian drones targeting Israel, according to multiple reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded defiantly, saying his country is “strong” and prepared to defend itself from any threat.

“Our defense systems are deployed, and we are prepared for any scenario, both in defense and offense. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong,” Netanyahu said.

“We appreciate the US for standing by Israel’s side as well as the support of the UK, France and many other countries,” he continued.

“I established a clear principle — whoever hurts us, we will hurt them. We will defend ourselves from any threat and we will do so calmly and with determination.”

In conjunction with the attack, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against Israel on Saturday and blamed the Jewish state for the recent attack on an Iranian compound in Damascus, Syria.

“The malicious regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished and it will be punished,” he said of Israel.

National Review reports:

Iran typically targets Israel through its network of well-resourced regional proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel continues to fights its war against Hamas sparked by the terrorist group’s mass civilian slaughter and rape on October 7.

Hamas rejected another temporary cease-fire proposal after negotiations began in Cairo, Egypt last weekend between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian officials. The cease-fire proposal would have seen Israel exchange hundreds of Gazan prisoners for dozens of the hostages held in captivity by Hamas.

As for injuries, a seven-year-old girl suffered severe injuries from shrapnel that fell directly onto her home. She was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a head wound. An estimated 31 people in total were treated for stress and minor injuries.



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