Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act

July 20, 2017
December 21, 2018
Became Public Law

Initially focused solely on Hezbollah, the version of this bill that passed in the Senate on 10/11/18 and later into law directed the president to impose sanctions on any Hamas or Hezbollah member or affiliate he deems responsible or complicit in the use of human shields, as well as any foreign person or other entity he deems to have knowingly supported or directed such behavior. Sanctions in this case include blocking of U.S. property transactions and denial of access to the U.S. The president would be permitted to waive sanctions on a case-by-case basis in the interest of national security.

Furthermore, the president was urged to submit a list of all foreign persons who knowingly ordered, controlled or otherwise directed the use of human shields and impose the same sanctions on them as outlined above. 

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