5, the House of Representative passed by a vote of 404-1 H.Res.951, a
biased, one-sided resolution on the situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian
H.Res.951 condemns Palestinian rocket fire into Israel and appropriately
expresses sympathy with Israeli civilians subjected to it.However, the resolution fails even to mention
that since last Wednesday, Israel
has killed at least 117 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, more than half of whom
were civilians and at least 22 of whom were children.In the same time period, one Israeli civilian
was killed by Palestinian rocket fire.
As is typical of many biased, one-sided
Congressional resolutions on Israel/Palestine, the House leadership put this
resolution on the calendar at the last minute so that organizations such as
ours could not mobilize against it.Then
they called the resolution up “under suspension,” meaning that the resolution
could not be amended.Both the
Democratic and Republican “managers” of the resolution supported it, meaning
that no Members of Congress were given the opportunity to speak against it.In fact, only a handful of die-hard
apologists for Israel
were even in the chamber while the bill was discussed.These apologists then cynically called for a
recorded vote to give each Representative time to rush to the chamber to cast
their vote to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel in its genocidal campaign
to commit an even “bigger holocaust” against the Palestinian people, in the
words of Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister.
While the US Campaign is committed to human rights,
international law, and equality for all and condemns all attacks against
civilians, the House of Representatives sadly demonstrated its commitment to
racism and inequality by expressing its concern for only some civilians.Worse yet, the resolution actually blames
Palestinians for Israel’s
wanton acts of violence and destruction against them.
Congress insist on rushing such votes through the legislative process with no
debate and no time for genuine reflection on the profound human tragedy
endangering civilians in the Gaza Strip and in Israel (although not nearly to an
equal degree)?Because it knows that
such blatant one-sided endorsements of Israel’s violence and human rights
abuses will not stand up to public scrutiny.
It is a
supreme irony that the US Campaign and all advocates of human rights for
Palestinians are attacked as being “one-sided” when Israel’s supporters push such
morally blind resolutions through Congress.Who is committed to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principle embodied in these
documents that all human beings are created equal?Certainly not Israel’s
supporters in Congress who devalue the lives of Palestinians and then blame the
victims of Israel’s
Congress continues to add fuel to fire by supplying Israel with more weapons, in
contravention of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, to
commit additional human rights abuses against the long-suffering Palestinian
people.This year, U.S. taxpayers are being asked to provide Israel with
$2.55 billion in arms shipments, a 9% increase over actual spending in
2007.This is the first installment of a
ten-year memorandum of understanding to increase arms shipments to Israel by 25%,
totaling $30 billion.War profiteers
such as Motorola, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics and
the rest of the bunch grow fat off of billions in U.S. tax dollars to fuel illegal
military occupations and human rights abuses in Iraq and Palestine while
domestic needs go unmet.
the US Campaign was not able to mobilize against H.Res.951 for the reasons
mentioned above, we wanted to give our supporters our analysis of it, to
provide you with some ideas for action, and to let you know what we did do to protest
this resolution and thank the few Members of Congress who did not support it.
the US Campaign’s press release on H.Res.951, click
the US Campaign’s thank you note to Rep. Ron Paul (the only no vote) and the
four Members of Congress who abstained from voting, click
the final version of H.Res.951 as passed by the House, click here.
the Members of Congress who voted against or abstained from voting on
Ron Paul, 202-225-2831
Neil Abercrombie, 202-225-2726
Michael Capuano, 202-225-5111
Jim McDermott, 202-225-3106
Jim Moran, 202-225-4376
us in our campaign to challenge U.S.
military to aid to Israel
than 200 organizations have endorsed our sign-on letter to the Appropriations
Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs calling for a
cut off of arms shipments to Israel.We’ve extended the deadline for signing the
letter to March 11.To view the list of endorsing organizations
and to have your organization endorse the letter, click here.
Member of Congress on the Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign
Operations, and Related Programs has received close to 2,400 letters from
individuals calling for a cut off of arms shipments to Israel.To send your letter to these Members of
Congress today, click
150 people from all over the United States
have signed up to educate and organize people in their communities to challenge
U.S. arms shipments to Israel.To receive your organizing packet with fact
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