The unrest in Jerusalem has prompted Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (R) to strike at the heart of anti-Israel terrorist funding.
She is introducing a bill, “The Hezbollah Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2021,” to try and choke off the financial flow into the terrorist group that vows to eradicate the Jewish State and that she fears is helping fuel the current protests.
“What this would do is clamp down on their ability to have access to the U.S. banking system,” says Blackburn. “We’re just trying to make it more difficult for them to have access to those funds. We’re making it more difficult for them to launder those dollars.”
The Senator’s legislation would invoke part of the U.S. Patriot Act to designate jurisdictions in Lebanon that serve as money laundering havens to fund the terrorist group. The U.S. State Department, which has long classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and “global terrorist threat,” says that Iran helps support it to the tune of over $700 million a year.
“I hope they’re paying attention, and that they do see this as a message that the United States of America, we are going to stand with Israel and we are not going to take actions or allow actions to continue that are going to embolden our enemies,” says Blackburn.
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The bill would block U.S. bank accounts tied to those that support Hezbollah, require a detailed report on the Lebanese leaders who provide support to the group, and allow President Biden to impose more sanctions on banks, companies and other entities that provide Hezbollah
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