Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Urges Obama Administration to End Partnership with Chief Hamas Sponsor Qatar

Jul 31, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) urged the Obama administration to hold Qatar accountable for its continued support of the terrorist organization Hamas. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Congressman Roskam expressed concern with the Administration’s partnership with Qatar despite their ongoing financial and political backing of Hamas.

“It’s an indisputable fact that Qatar has become the chief sponsor of Hamas—an internationally recognized terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel. With Qatar’s financial backing, Hamas continues to indiscriminately launch thousands of rockets at our ally Israel.  The Obama administration  must explain its working partnership with a country that so brazenly funds terrorism right before our eyes, even going so far as turning to Qatar to help broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. The United States must stop fooling itself: Qatar’s actions disqualify it as a suitable ally and global partner in our quest to restore relative peace and stability in the Middle East.”

Last year, Congressman Roskam led a bipartisan letter to Qatari Ambassador Mahamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi expressing concerns over Qatar’s apparent expanding economic and diplomatic ties with Hamas.

Click here to read the full letter.