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Semitism and “recognized with deep concern the overall rise in instances of intolerance and violence directed against members of many religious communities . . . including ... anti-Semitism ...";

Whereas in 2005, the United Nations held an unprecedented

session to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp;

Whereas democratic Israel is annually the object of nearly

two dozen redundantly critical resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly, which rarely adopts resolutions relating to specific countries; and

Whereas the viciousness with which Israel is attacked and

discriminated against at the United Nations should not be allowed to continue unchallenged: Now, therefore, be it

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(B) calls on the United Nations to offi

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combat the rise in anti-Semitism and racial, re

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ligious, and ethnic intolerance; and

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(2) it is the sense of the House of Representa

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duction of anti-Semitic language and anti-Israel

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IV

109TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. CON. RES. 153

Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on

the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 16, 2005
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. LANTOS, Mr.

FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. PENCE, Mr.
MCCOTTER, and Mr. MARIO Diaz-BALART of Florida) submitted the fol-
lowing concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on
International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of

Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United
States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong
and enduring strategic partnership between the United
States and Afghanistan.

Whereas Afghanistan, a great nation located at the cross

roads of many civilizations, has suffered the ravages of war, foreign intervention, occupation, and oppression;

Whereas the Afghan people courageously resisted the decade

long occupation of their country by the former Soviet

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Union, forcing a Soviet withdrawal in 1989 and thereby

contributing to the end of the Cold War; Whereas following the Soviet withdrawal, Afghanistan went

through a period of chaos and conflict, exacerbated by insufficient attention from the international community, during which time the Taliban militia seized control of much of the country and provided a base of operations to Al Qaeda and other terrorist elements;

Whereas following the terrorist attacks of September 11,

2001, the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom, liberating the Afghan people from tyranny, transforming Afghanistan from a haven for terrorists into a strategic partner in the struggle against international terrorism, and helping Afghans build a demo

cratic government; Whereas the Afghan Constitution, drafted by a broadly rep

resentative Loya Jirga, or Grand Council, and enacted on January 4, 2004, provides for equal rights for and full participation of women, mandates full compliance with international norms for human and civil rights, establishes procedures for free and fair elections, creates a system of checks and balances between the executive, legislative and judicial branches, encourages a free market economy and private enterprise, and obligates the state to prevent all types of terrorist activity and the production and trafficking of narcotics;

Whereas more than 10.5 million Afghan men and women

voted in national presidential elections in October 2004, demonstrating commitment to democracy, courage in the face of threats of violence, and a deep sense of civic responsibility;

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