Macron Warns of Islamist Terrorism Surge; U.S. Politicians Take Stance Against Hamas Supporters

French President Emmanuel Macron (Image Midjourney)

In the wake of Islamist terrorist attacks in both France and Belgium, French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned on Tuesday that all European countries face an imminent threat of Islamic terrorist attacks.

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The assertion followed two heinous acts of violence: the stabbing death of a teacher in France and the killing of two Swedish football fans in Belgium.

The latter was executed by a 45-year-old man claiming allegiance to ISIS through an online video. Furthermore, in Paris, the individual behind the schoolteacher’s death, a 20-year-old, also pledged loyalty to ISIS.

Reiterating solidarity with Belgium, Macron stated, “All European states are vulnerable, and there is indeed a resurgence of Islamist terrorism.”

He voiced his aspiration to visit Israel once agreements on de-escalation or humanitarian measures can be solidified.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport foreign nationals supporting Hamas.

Cotton’s letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas specifically targeted international students. It stressed that while American citizens enjoy the First Amendment right, this privilege doesn’t extend to foreign nationals promoting terrorism in the U.S.

In a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Republican senator called for the expulsion of foreign individuals, including international students in the U.S., who have shown support for Hamas’s actions against Israel.

“I write to urge you to immediately deport any foreign national—including and especially any alien on a student visa — that has expressed support for Hamas and its murderous attacks on Israel,” Cotton wrote. “These fifth-columnists have no place in the United States.”

In a related development, House Republicans are preparing legislation prohibiting the U.S. from welcoming any new Palestinian refugees due to the ongoing Gaza crisis.

Experts estimate over a million refugees may emerge from the current hostilities.

Representatives Tom Tiffany (R-WI) and Andy Ogles (R-TN) plan to introduce the “Guaranteeing Aggressors Zero Admission Act” or GAZA Act, aiming to ensure the Biden administration does not grant visas to any Palestinian passport holders.

Tiffany emphasized that the bill aims to safeguard America’s national security, referencing past incidents involving Palestinians and highlighting the election of Hamas in 2006.

Conversely, far-left lawmakers like New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman argue for the U.S. to welcome refugees from Gaza, albeit with rigorous vetting procedures in place.

The developments in both Europe and the U.S. underscore the international implications and varied responses to the increasing threat of Islamist terrorism.

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