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Senate Democrat backs Biden plan to restrict visas of extremist West Bank settlers

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Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in a Sunday interview he was “pleased” to see President Biden announce he would take measures to more forcefully combat settler violence in the West Bank, specifically noting his suggestion for a restriction on travel visas.

“I was pleased to hear the president say what he said, and I fully support the president’s plan to restrict visas from people who have a record of violence against innocent people,” Van Hollen said in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

Van Hollen’s remarks come as many Democrats have increased calls for the White House to focus more on the loss of life among innocent Palestinians as the war continues in the region.

On Oct. 7, Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that governs the Palestinian territory of Gaza, launched a surprise attack on Israel, brutally killing 1,200 Israelis and taking about 240 hostages. Israel responded with a barrage of airstrikes on Gaza and a ground operation in order to retrieve the hostages and destroy Hamas.

Amid heightened tensions in the region, reports of violence in the West Bank have skyrocketed, prompting Biden to respond in an op-ed on Saturday in The Washington Post.


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