Sinema & Bipartisan Senators Urge U.N. Security Council to Designate Hamas as Terrorist Organization & Impose Sanctions

Nov 15, 2023

Senator and bipartisan colleagues are seeking to cut off Hamas’ funding, access to international donors, and financial networks Hamas uses to finance its terrorism

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators are urging U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution designating Hamas as a terrorist organization and imposing sanctions on Hamas.

“As Israel roots out Hamas terrorists and defends herself against evil, the United Nations must designate Hamas as a terrorist organization and impose sanctions to cut off Hamas’ financing networks that fund its terrorism,” said Sinema.

Sinema and her colleagues seek to cut off Hamas’ funding. The current lack of U.N. sanctions allows Hamas to avoid U.S. sanctions and access international donors and financial networks, while Hamas diverts humanitarian aid to boost its terrorist actions.

Click HERE to read Sinema and her colleague’s letter.

In her first hearing as a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sinema questioned U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin about the need to pass a bipartisan national security package supporting Israel, helping Ukraine beat Putin, and securing Arizona’s border. 

The Senator – a long-term and unwavering supporter of Israel – recently discussed with Arizona AIPAC actions she is taking in the U.S. Senate to support Israel as it combats and roots out terrorists.

Sinema recently introduced the bipartisan Revoke Iranian Funding Actwhich freezes $6 billion in Iranian assets held in Qatar. Sinema’s bipartisan legislation prevents the Iranian regime – one of Hamas’s largest supporters – from accessing and using the funds currently held in Qatar to finance terrorist attacks against Israel or any other nation. The bill also directs the U.S. Treasury Secretary to study all high-value Iranian assets around the world currently blocked by U.S. sanctions and report these findings to Congress – that way Sinema and her colleagues have the information needed to enact further targeted legislation if necessary.

Following the terrorist attacks against Israel, Sinema urged President Biden to quickly transfer requested defense weapons to Israel as it defends itself against terrorism.

Throughout her time in Congress, Sinema has consistently voted to strengthen America’s commitment to Israel, and ensure Israel is fully equipped to defend itself against its enemies. Sinema’s first vote as Arizona’s senior Senator was to vote for the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, affirming the friendship between America and Israel.