A bipartisan group of two dozen members of Congress have written aletter to the U.S. Treasury Department asking for sanctions on Turkey and Qatar, supposedly two U.S. “allies,” for their support of Hamas and other Islamist terrorists (Click here to see a copy of the letter).
“Any entity or nation that continues to back this U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization [Hamas] and provides it material and financial support should be sanctioned…We also request specific public updates on Treasury’s discussions with the Qatari government on previously designated, Qatar-based terrorist financiers that the Qataris have yet to act upon,” the letter requests.
Turkish Support for Terrorism
Turkey was chastised for allowing Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri to oversee the group’s terrorist network in the West Bank from the area. It says that Turkey is giving safe haven to Hamas operatives and Hamas-linked companies, charities and banks. Hamas has an entire infrastructure set up in Turkey.
This network oversaw the murder of three Israeli teenagers this year, attempted to attack a soccer stadium in Jerusalem and tried to overthrow the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The Palestinian leadership confirmed Israel’s accusation that Hamas is using a headquarters in Turkey.