Representative Brian Mast’s (R-FL) Hamas International Financing Prevention Act passed in the U.S. House. However, Rep. Mast’s words on the House Floor did not come with a unanimous commendation from Democrats in the lower chamber.
Before the vote was held, Rep. Mast spoke on the bill’s purpose – to prevent the mediums in which Hamas was able to carry out its deadly attack on Israel on Oct. 7.
HAPPENING NOW: The House is debating my bill to sanction any person, group, or government who backs Hamas and its despicable acts of terrorism. This should be a bipartisan, no-brainer “YES” vote. https://t.co/reKwEilWsC
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) November 1, 2023
“Oct. 7 didn’t happen for free. Oct. 7 didn’t happen without planning. Oct. 7 didn’t happen without the delivery of arms from multiple nations. Oct. 7 didn’t happen without the intelligence from multiple nations … This happened as a result of a great deal of all of the above. This bill was specifically about sanctions, about making sure that we can get to the individuals or the states or the government agencies or the non-government agencies or the companies that enabled Oct. 7 to happen,” said Mast.
However, a multitude of Democrats in the House of Representatives took issue with another part of Mast’s words, accusing him of “dehumanizing an entire population.”
Mast said “I think when we look at this as a whole, I would encourage the other side to not so lightly throw around the idea of innocent Palestinian civilians. I don’t think we would so lightly throw around the term ‘innocent Nazi civilians,’ during World War II.”
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) called these words “dangerous.”