Kathleen Rice’s real record on Iran

 

Kathleen Rice gets credit for crossing party lines to oppose Obama’s disastrous Iran deal, from which President Trump thankfully withdrew the U.S.  That deal, in which the United States literally handed the Iranian government a massive amount of money a

lso guaranteed that Iran, pledged to Israel’s destruction, would eventually acquire a nuclear weapon.

Beyond opposing the former Iran deal, however, my opponent in the race for New York’s 4th Congressional District has a flimsy record on Iran.

Kathleen Rice voted against HR 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which required the Department of Treasury to report to Congress any Iranian purchases of US aircraft and how those sales are financed, and authorized the Secretary to suspend or revoke an aircraft transaction if there appeared to be a risk that transaction was a cover for Iranian money laundering or terrorism financing.

I’m all for capitalism, don’t get me wrong.  But this is ridiculous.  What is the rationale against not giving the Treasury the ability to clamp down on Iranian terrorism funding?

For some reason, Kathleen Rice also declined to co-sponsor H.R. 4238: Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017, which imposed terrorism-related sanctions with respect to As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq and paramilitary group Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba, among others.

She also voted against HR 766 – the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2016, which specifies that a federal banking agency has material reason to terminate a specific customer account, if the agency believes the customer poses a threat to national security, is involved in terrorist financing, or is located in, does business with, or is an agency of Iran, North Korea, Syria, or another country listed in the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

Again, capitalism is great and all, but come on!  What is the explanation for this vote?

Kathleen Rice also joined Keith Ellison and her other Democratic colleagues in voting against HR 3457 – Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, which prohibited sanctions on Iran from being lifted until Iran pays court-ruled fines for judgments related to terrorism.

This issue is very important to me.  Without being able to hold terrorist governments accountable, not just in strongly-worded speeches to the U.N., but in fact, they have to pay.

In 2012, I traveled to Israel to assist the Israel Law Center in litigating two separate civil actions under the Antiterrorism Act against perpetrators of international terrorism: Sokolow v. PLO and Gilmore v. The Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority. Sokolow was an action brought by several U.S. citizens against the Palestine Liberation Organization for injuries and death suffered as a result of a series of seven terrorist attacks that occurred between 2001 and 2004. The Sokolows, who are from Woodmere, were injured when a homicide bomber detonated explosives in a Jerusalem shopping district in 2002. Gilmore arose out of the shooting murder of American citizen on October 30, 2000 by a security officer of the PA’s Presidential Security Services. In connection with that litigation, I took part in the deposition of Abdallah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb maker who is serving 67 life sentences for his role in multiple terrorist attacks, including the 2001 Sbarro restaurant attack in Jerusalem and the 2002 suicide bombing at Hebrew University.

I also founded my own non-profit organization, The Solis Justitia Project, which is dedicated to bringing civil litigation against regimes that sponsor terror, banks that transfer funds to terror groups, front organizations that pretend to serve charitable causes, and terrorists themselves in order to choke off their money supply.

Help me ramp up this fight by voting me into Congress in November.  I promise action, not talk.