2d Session

H. RES. 394

Expressing grave concern about the continuing escalation in violence between Israel and the Palestinians.


APRIL 18, 2002

Mr. DEFAZIO (for himself, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. STARK, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. FARR of California, Mr. DINGELL, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. ISSA, Mr. SNYDER, Ms. LEE, Ms. WOOLSEY, and Mr. MEEKS of New York) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


Expressing grave concern about the continuing escalation in violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Whereas recent violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories has claimed at least 1,900 lives, including more than 1,450 Palestinians and 450 Israelis, since September 2000;

Whereas suicide bombings have become increasingly frequent and have claimed the lives of dozens of innocent Israeli civilians;

Whereas the Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian Authority, and incursions into Palestinian cities, have resulted in a significant number of civilian deaths;

Whereas on April 4, 2002, President Bush called for `Israel to halt incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas and begin the withdrawal from those cities it has recently occupied' and an end to suicide bombings;

Whereas various parties, including the President of the United States, the European Union, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League, and the Mitchell Commission have proposed potential paths toward peace, including recognition of Israel's right to exist, guaranteeing Israeli security within its 1967 borders, creation of a viable Palestinian state, halting Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories, and negotiations to determine the final status of Jerusalem and refugees;

Whereas sustained, high-level diplomatic engagement by the United States is crucial in bringing the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table and ensuring parallel goals of peace and security; and

Whereas there are hundreds of civilians from many countries, including the United States, who are serving selflessly and risking their own lives as human rights observers and aid workers in an increasingly dangerous situation in the region: Now, therefore, be it