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Call in Congress to Sanction Turkey, Qatar for Terror Support

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A bipartisan group of two dozen members of Congress have written a letter 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.

The members of Congress also mentioned the presence of a Hamas-linked charity named the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) in Istanbul. Clarion Project reported this foundation’s close ties to the AK Islamist party ruling Turkey and how it openly registered human shields for the Hamas-run Gaza Strip during Hamas’ latest round of attacks on Israel.

The Clarion Project has repeatedly documented Turkey’s support for Islamist terrorism and extremism. Only a few weeks ago, the Islamic State attacked the Kurds in Syria from within Turkish territory.

President Erdogan often repeats the extremism and conspiracy theories of his Muslim Brotherhood allies.

Shortly after the Brotherhood claimed that the Islamic State is part of an American conspiracy against Islam, Erdogan warned that the West was following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and deploying spies to pose as Arabs. He said these spies are trying to dominate the Middle East by “hiding behind freedom of press, a war of independence or jihad.”

The Islamist propaganda from Turkey and incitement of anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment has corresponded with a rise in anti-Semitism in the country.

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