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Protest Anti-PLO Language in Immigration Bill

February 2nd, 2004


START DATE: Wednesday, February 2
END DATE: TBD

BACKGROUND:

On January 26, Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner introduced H.R.418, the REAL ID Act. Included in this immigration bill is language that would not allow into the United States any representatives or spokespersons for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and considers anyone involved with the PLO to be engaged in “terrorist activity”. 

ACT NOW:

Contact Congress, the State Department and the White House to ask that language be removed from HR 418, the REAL ID Act, which designates the PLO as engaged in “terrorist activity” and prohibits the entry of representatives or spokespersons of the PLO to the United States. 

Contact information for Rep. Sensenbrenner by phone at 202-225-5101, by fax at 202-225-3190, or by email at sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov

Contact information for your Members of Congress is at: http://www.congress.org/ or call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or
800-839-5276.

Contact the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs at the State Department at
nea-ipa@state.gov or 202-647-3672.

Contact the White House by phone at 202-456-111, by fax at 202-456-2461 or by email at president@whitehouse.gov

TALKING POINTS:

The election of the new Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has ushered in a new era for reestablishing talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Soon
after the election, President George Bush invited the new Palestinian leader to
the White House for talks. Should Sensenbrenner’s bill pass in its current form,
Abbas, the chairman of the PLO, would not be able to take President Bush up on his offer.

For the United States to support a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all parties must be able to come to the negotiating table.  Diplomats of what all hope will soon be the sovereign nation of Palestine should be able to visit the United States.  This prohibition undercuts the President and severely undermines the prospects for peace in the Middle East.  Worse, it gives the clear impression that the United States is not serious about a negotiated settlement.

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