Rosen, Lankford Urge United Nations to Designate Hamas a Terrorist Organization, Impose Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK), co-chairs and co-founders of the bipartisan Abraham Accords Caucus and Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, led a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas-Greenfield requesting that she bring a resolution to the UN Security Council to designate and sanction Iranian-backed Hamas as a terrorist organization following the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel.

“Recent events have demonstrated that Hamas’ actions, tactics, and stated goals are in many ways indistinguishable from Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist organizations the United Nations has sanctioned. Therefore, we write to urge you to bring a resolution to the UN Security Council recognizing and imposing sanctions on Hamas as a terrorist organization,” wrote the senators.

“There are multiple consequences of the UN not recognizing Hamas as a terrorist organization,” the senators continued. “First, the lack of a unified voice among the international community risks eroding the UN’s credibility in response to one of the worst terrorist attacks in history. Additionally, as the largest financial contributor to the UN, the US must take urgent action to prevent the flow of funds into the hands of Hamas. The absence of UN sanctions on Hamas is a glaring loophole, circumventing US financial controls, such as the rigorous standards set by the US Department of Treasury, potentially allowing Hamas to evade US sanctions.”

View the full letter here

Following Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, Senator Rosen has called for immediate action to support Israel. She recently co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution standing with Israel against Hamas terrorism — which passed the Senate unanimously — demonstrating ironclad support for Israel’s security. Rosen also introduced a resolution condemning Hamas for its terror attack and demanding the immediate release of the hostages Hamas is holding — which also passed. Rosen also led a bipartisan group of senators in successfully urging the Department of Defense to transfer additional Iron Dome batteries and other unused military assets to Israel to protect against continued attacks from Hamas.