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Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization has condemned a bill that was unanimously approved on Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives, condemning the group for using civilians as human shields.

The bill is called the “Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act” and it points out that Hamas instructs Gazans not to take shelter during Israeli air strikes, but rather forces residents instead to act as human shields.

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Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum issued a statement on behalf of the terror group Thursday, slamming the measure and blaming “Israeli propaganda” for the vote.

“Hamas rejects in the strongest terms the bill passed by the US House of Representatives that imposes sanctions on the movement under the pretext that it “uses civilians as human shields,” he said.

“These accusations are based solely on Israeli propaganda and supports the Israeli narrative which will ultimately pave the way for targeting the Palestinian legitimate right of resisting an occupying force as stipulated by the international law.”

Barhoum also blamed the United States for the difficulties faced by the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, and promised that Hamas would defend them.

“Following the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation, the plan to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel-Aviv to the Holy City, the attempts to economically choke Palestinians by cutting aid to the UNRWA and to annul the Palestinian right of return, this latest decision is set to be another part of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” which aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause,” he claimed.

“In the face of this senseless and propaganda-fueled bill that acts as a cover up for future Israeli crimes, Hamas will continue to stand with the Palestinian people and defend them from Israeli aggression that has previously perished thousands of innocent civilians.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.