Resources for Emergency Congressional Actions, Aug. 7-11



US GOVERNMENT SOURCES

Congressional Resolutions

S.Res.534, “Condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and their state sponsors and supporting Israel's exercise of its right to self-defense”, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.RES.534:

H.Res.921, “Condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel, holding terrorists and their state-sponsors accountable for such attacks, supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, and for other purposes”, text http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc109/hr921_eh.xml and roll call vote http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll391.xml

H.Con.Res.450, “Calling upon the President to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions”, text http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc109/hc450_ih.xml and list of co-sponsors http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HC00450:@@@P

H.Res.945, “Expressing deep concern at the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and particularly the current hostilities between the State of Israel and Hezbollah which have intensified since July 12, 2006”, text http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.RES.945: and list of co-sponsors http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HE00945:@@@P

 
State Department Reports

“Section 655 Annual Military Assistance Reports”, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, U.S. Department of State, March 24, 2006, http://pmddtc.state.gov/rpt655intro.htm

Description:  These are the annual reports to Congress that the State Department is required to make under the terms of the Arms Export Control Act.  Each yearly report provides a detailed listing of US weapons licensed for export to other countries.  

 
POLICY PAPERS AND ACTION ALERTS

“Action Alert: Stop Israel’s Attacks on Gaza and Lebanon”, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, July 13, 2006, http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1215

Description: This action alert details some of the incidents in which Israel used US-supplied weapons to target civilian infrastructure and kill civilians in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. 

 

“Questions and Answers on Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah”, Human Rights Watch, July 17, 2006, http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/07/17/lebano13748.htm

Description:  This fact sheet provides a comprehensive overview of the situation from an international law and human rights perspective.          

 

Frida Berrigan and William D. Hartung, “U.S. Military Assistance and Arms Transfers to Israel: U.S. Aid, Companies Fuel Israeli Military,” World Policy Institute Issue Brief, July 20, 2006, http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms/reports/israel.lebanon.FINAL2.pdf

Description: This issue brief provides a detailed picture of current US military assistance to Israel and includes a chart of US-supplied weapons currently in Israel’s arsenal.

 

Stephen Zunes, “Congress and the Israeli Attack on Lebanon: A Critical Reading,” Foreign Policy in Focus Policy Report, July 22, 2006, http://www.fpif.org/pdf/papers/0607congress.pdf 

Description: This report deconstructs the resolutions passed by Congress supporting Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

 

“Israeli Cluster Munitions Hit Civilians in Lebanon: Israel Must Not Use Indiscriminate Weapons”, Human Rights Watch, July 24, 2006, http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/07/24/isrlpa13798.htm 

Description: This press release provides evidence that US-supplied cluster munitions are being used by Israel to hit civilian targets in Lebanon.

 

“CCR Condemns Humanitarian Law Violations in the Current Middle East Conflict & Calls on Bush to Stop Arming Israel in Violation of American Law”, Center for Constitutional Rights, July 27, 2006, http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/reports/report.asp?ObjID=YRNuFhcAPJ&Content=799

Description: This report provides an analysis of Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act.  It also includes a letter to President Bush laying out CCR’s case for why the United States must halt arms deliveries to Israel.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES 

Farah Stockman, “Gaza Power Plant Hit by Israeli Airstrike Is Insured by US Agency”, Boston Globe, June 29, 2006, http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2006/06/29/gaza_power_plant_hit_by_israeli_airstrike_is_insured_by_us_agency/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+World+News

Description:  This newspaper article details how Israel’s use of US-supplied weapons to destroy US-built Palestinian infrastructure will result in the US government having to pay out an insurance claim for the damage.

 

Thalif Deen, “Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast”, Inter Press Service News Agency, July 17, http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33993  

Description: This article summarizes the findings of some of the experts cited above on Israel’s violations of US weapons laws.

 

David S. Cloud and Helene Cooper, “U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis”, New York Times, July 22, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/22/world/middleeast/22military.html

Description: This news article provides evidence that the United States is rearming Israel with weapons to enable Israel’s continuing attacks on Lebanon.