Hamas' Benefactors: A Network of Terror: Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 9, 2014 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the September 9, 2014 hearing on "Hamas' Benefactors: A Network of Terror," held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "Not only does Qatar harbor Hamas figurehead Khaled Meshaal, Qatar reportedly threatened to exile him if Hamas accepted an Egyptian-backed cease fire agreement last month. In 2011, the Emir of Qatar was the first head of state to visit Gaza and pledged over $400 million of infrastructure money to Hamas. Qatar funds Hamas' strikes in Gaza, as well as its project, building terror tunnels from which to attack Israel rather than building up Gaza for the Palestinian people. The administration took a step to block a recent transfer of funds from Qatar to Hamas terrorists, and earlier this year the Treasury Department openly admitted that Qatar for many years has openly financed Hamas. […] But the administration has not done nearly enough to curb Qatari support for terror. We cannot continue to allow Qatari funds to go to terrorist groups, Hamas or any other, unabated and unaddressed. […] Iranian technology and rockets have been used to launch thousands of rockets further into Israel, placing the majority of the country at risk. And the regime's financial support has allowed Hamas to continue to resupply itself after its stockpiles run low or are destroyed by Israel. Yet for all that we know of the relationship between Iran and these terrorist groups, the administration has ignored this all in its pursuit of its weak nuclear deal with Iran." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jonathan Schanzer, Avi Jorisch, and Steven A. Cook.
H. Hrg. 113-213; House Hearing 113-213; Serial No. 113-213
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