US Campaign Condemns H.Res.951March 6th, 2008
On March 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 Gaza Strip.
H.Res.951 condemns Palestinian rocket fire into
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
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
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
It is a
supreme irony that the US Campaign and all advocates of human rights for
Palestinians are attacked as being “one-sided” when
Congress continues to add fuel to fire by supplying
Although 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.
To read the US Campaign’s press release on H.Res.951, click here.
To read 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 here.
To read the final version of H.Res.951 as passed by the House, click here.
1. Thank the Members of Congress who voted against or abstained from voting on H.Res.951:
Ron Paul, 202-225-2831
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