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|U.S. Senate adopts bill to isolate Hamas government
WASHINGTON, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate
adopted on Friday a bill to isolate the Hamas-led Palestinian government and to
ban contacts with Hamas.
The legislation, approved by voice vote, is similar
to a bill the House passed last month.
"None of us want to see a penny of
American taxpayer money going to a Hamas-led government that refuses to meet the
basic demands not just of the United States, but of the international
community," said Democratic Senator Joseph Biden, number two on the Senate
foreign relations committee.
However, the bill allows for continued assistance for
food, water, health and medicine, as well as for democracy promotion, human
rights, and education to help Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in "fulfilling
The United States considers Hamas, formally called
the Islamic Resistance Movement, to be a terror organization. It has rejected
talks with Hamas until it renounces violence, accepts interim peace deals and
recognizes Israel's right to exit.
Hamas, sworn to Israel's destruction, won a large
parliamentary majority in elections in January and formed a Hamas-led
Palestinian cabinet in March. Enditem