Illinois House Fires Back at Hamas to Counter U.N. “Barrage of Silence,” Rep. Lou Lang Says
(Skokie) – Illinois lawmakers this fired back at the terrorist group Hamas.
The Illinois House of Representatives today waded into the crisis-ridden Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slapping down the terrorist organization Hamas, which governs the Gaza strip, for its latest round of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians during the recent 8-day conflict.
In an unanimous bi-partisan House Resolution, HR 1313, sponsored by House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the legislature’s senior Jewish lawmaker, legislators condemned the attacks.
The resolution states, “… [W]e urge the United Nations Security Council to condemn the recent spike in Gaza-linked terrorist missile attacks against Israel, which risk causing civilian casualties in both Israel and Gaza…”
Additionally, the House’s diplomatic declaration notes, “…Terrorists in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have fired approximately 900 rockets and missile shells into Israel this year, an increase from roughly 675 attacks in 2011 and 350 in 2010…”
Lang says the bi-partisan resolution reflects lawmakers’ frustration and outrage with the missile barrages against Israel and the “barrage of silence” from the United Nations Security Council over Israel’s right to self-defense.
“The Illinois General Assembly is speaking out and condemning the missile attacks against Israel to counter the United Nations Security Council’s barrage of silence,” said Lang. “Additionally, we are speaking out against the attacks to Israel’s very right to exist.”
“Hamas is holding Israeli civilians living in southern Israel hostage to their terror attacks and Hamas’ supporters on the United Nations Security Council are holding the expression of the civilized world’s outrage hostage,” said Lang.
The Illinois House will forward a copy of the resolution to the United Nations Security Council.