The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act (H.R. 1850) on July 23, 2019. The bill directs the president to identify and sanction those supporting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) terrorist activities.
The bill specifically:
- Imposes sanctions on foreign persons, or agencies of foreign states, that knowingly assist, sponsor, or provide significant support for the terrorist activities of Hamas or PIJ.
- Sanctions include asset freezes, denial of arms exports, denial of dual use exports, prohibitions on major loans or financing from U.S. financial institutions, and denial of Export-Import Bank support.
- Imposes new sanctions on U.S.-designated State Sponsors of Terrorism that provide direct or indirect material support for the terrorist activities of Hamas or PIJ.
- Sanctions include strict limits on access to the U.S. financial system for any transaction in which the government of the foreign country has any interest. Sanctions further include a one-year suspension of U.S. assistance and arms exports to the foreign government.
- Imposes sanctions on foreign governments that contribute knowingly and materially to the efforts of designated State Sponsors of Terrorism to support the terrorist activities of Hamas or PIJ.
- Sanctions include a one-year suspension of U.S. assistance and arms exports to the foreign government.
- Provides national security and humanitarian assistance waivers.