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Many hundreds of thousands of people who live under Hamas rule in Gaza are living in abject poverty, being used as human shields by the terror group when it sets up military operations in their residential neighborhoods.
But a new report reveals there are no such hardships for three of the top leaders of Hamas, who are documented to be worth some $11 billion and live in luxury in Qatar.
It's a scenario that one member of Congress is proposing to address, as Rep. Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., is pushing forward a bill that would strip Qatar of its status as a key U.S. ally unless it kicks those Hamas chieftains out.
The stunning circumstances enjoyed by Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh, Moussa Abu Marzuk, and Khaled Mashal, in contrast to the needs of those living in Gaza, were profiled in a report by the New York Post, which explained, "While their people languish in poverty and are treated as human shields, the leaders of Hamas live billionaire lifestyles."
The situation is even worse now for those in Gaza after Israel started defending itself after Hamas terrorists invaded on Oct. 7, killing 1,400 Israeli civilians with atrocities that included the beheading of babies and burning whole families alive.
The report explains the three Hamas leaders have been documented appearing at clubs, photographed on private jets, and more.
The Post explained Haniyeh, 61, is head of Hamas, is worth some $4 billion.
He was ruler of the Gaza Strip until 2017 when he moved to Doha, Qatar, with its five-star hotels, lavish shopping, and arts facilities.
The report explained, "He has been photographed with his two adult sons, Maaz and Abdel Salam, living the high life in luxury hotels in Qatar and Turkey, according to a recent social media post from the Embassy of Israel in the U.S."
Abu Marzuk, 72, heads Hamas' "international relations office" and is thought to be worth $3 billion.
"He has a master’s degree in construction management from Colorado State University and was detained in New York when U.S. immigration authorities found his name on a terrorist watch list in 1995," the Post said.
Mashal, 67, who issued a global threat against Jews after the Oct. 7 atrocities, is worth more than $4 billion, according to the Israeli government, the report said.
Qatar gives Hamas up to $480 million per year under the guise of turning the terrorists into "a responsible governing power."
But Ogles is proposing to strip Qatar of its status in the top level of allies, who are not in NATO, which now includes Israel, South Korea, Australia, and others.
"As Hamas terrorists continue to wreak havoc on the lives of innocent Israeli civilians, the United States must ensure there is no ally supporting them. Sadly, the State of Qatar is still funding and supporting Hamas as its leadership enjoys political refuge in Doha," Ogles told the Post.
A report in the Gateway Pundit said," Qatar has long been a paradox in the Gulf, maintaining ties with both Western allies and various Islamist groups. Critics argue that the financial aid flowing from Doha to Gaza’s ruling elite empowers a regime with a track record of violence and radicalism."
It explains Qatar says its financial support for terror is "humanitarian aid."
The Hill previously reported Qatar has sponsored Hamas terror at least since 2012, but reports reveal much aid funding goes to the bank accounts of the terror leaders, not residents of Gaza.
"The United States should use every resource at our disposal, including our diplomatic power and sanctions leverage, for as long as it takes, to ensure that our Israeli allies are able to utterly eradicate Hamas. Instead of countering Hamas and its enablers, however, the Biden administration has spent the last two and a half years indirectly and even directly funding them," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.