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Alabama legislature passes resolution backing Israel, criticizing Hamas

June 4, 2021
Alabama legislature passes resolution backing Israel, criticizing Hamas
Written by LARRY BROOK

The resolution expresses “vigorous support” for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders and the right of self-defense.

Continuing a long legacy of the state’s support for Israel, in the final hours of this year’s legislative regular session, the Alabama Legislature quickly passed a resolution supporting Israel and condemning Hamas.

The measure, Senate Joint Resolution 138, passed the House at 10:10 p.m. on May 17, moments before the body adjourned for the year.

The resolution expresses “vigorous support” for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders and the right of self-defense; and calls on Hamas to end the rocket attacks, renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The resolution also calls on the Biden administration to support a cease-fire “that prevents Hamas from retaining or rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure, including the capability to launch rockets and mortars against Israel,” making life better for Gazans; and condemned the Hamas practice of embedding its fighters and weapons in homes, schools, mosques and hospitals, using Palestinian civilians as human shields. The resolution lays blame for the situation and for civilian casualties in Gaza “precisely where blame belongs,” with Hamas.

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