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Schumer says tapes show Hamas activities in U.S.

March 13, 1996
Web posted at: 10 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Charles Schumer, D-New York, released videotapes to the media Wednesday that he says show the Islamic group Hamas raising funds, recruiting, and organizing activities in the United States.

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Schumer, the ranking Democrat on the House Crime Subcommittee, is calling for passage of the counter-terrorism bill which would ban fundraising by terrorist organizations in the United States. The House will vote on the bill later this week.

Hamas has claimed responsibility for a series of suicide bombings in Israel recently that have killed at least 60 people and injured some 200.

"Make no mistake about it," Schumer told reporters, "Hamas is here. Hamas is in the United States. They are in Chicago, the are in Brooklyn, they are in New Jersey and they are even in Oklahoma City. They, and other terrorist organizations, are now in America.

Documentary producer Steven Emerson showed clips from seven videotapes to the press. The tapes featured speakers addressing the camera in Arabic. According to written translations provided by Emerson, the speakers are extolling the virtues of terrorism and appealing for money.

One of the videotapes apparently includes footage taken in Gaza and includes interviews with Palestinians accused of collaborating with the Israelis before their executions.

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