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Jewish and Christian Groups Commend Senate Passage of Hezbollah Financing Act

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Marchers carrying Hezbollah flags and pro-BDS signs at a past Islamist “Al-Quds Day” march in London. Photo: File. – Jewish and Christian groups are praising the US Senate’s passage of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, which imposes added sanctions on the Lebanese terror group and its affiliates, and targets foreign governments, individuals and companies that support them.

“Iran’s emerging stranglehold over a vast swath of the Middle East is a dire threat to the United States and Israel,” said David Brog, a board member of Christians United for Israel. “And a newly enriched, experienced and emboldened Hezbollah is the tip of Iran’s spear. This legislation is an important first step in recognizing and countering this threat that will have a real impact on the ground.”

Rabbi Joel Meyers, chair of the World Jewish Congress’s American Section, said, “In adopting this legislation, which augments the 2015 law passed by Congress and signed by President [Barack] Obama in 2015, the Senate demonstrated that the United States will not tolerate acts of terror or those who perpetrate or support it.”

Meyers thanked the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), adding that his group is anticipating the House of Representatives passing the companion bill, H.R. 3329, “which will reaffirm America’s commitment to confront Hezbollah’s threat.”

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